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Two corrections: 1. The width of the two cleats should be 2", not 1 1/2" as printed. 2. The length of the shorter one should be 10", not 10 1/2" as printed. Otherwise there's a conflict with the placement of the pivot pin.
This table will become the focal point of any patio or deck. Its round top and sturdy base are the perfect combination of grace and strength. And with our step-by-step instructions, its construction won't throw you any curves.
Designed to complement the table, these benches have their own challenge -- working with odd angles. But don't worry. There are lots of tips and simple jigs to make building them straightforward.
Mortise & Tenon Solutions22
Here are our favorite shop-tested solutions for making mortise and tenon joints -- plus a few shortcuts that will let you cut them faster, easier, and a little more accurately.
An upcut spiral end mill bit is specifically designed to cut mortises. (It's actually a router bit, but can be used in a drill press that's set at its highest speed.)
Unlike Forstner bits, a spiral end mill bit pulls chips out of the mortise, which eliminates heat buildup and clogging. But the longer cutting edge (and the higher speeds) also makes for a cleaner cut, so the sides of the mortise end up smooth.
Spiral end mill bits are readily available at local woodworking stores or through the mail-order sources listed below.
There's nothing tricky about this small side table, but there's more here than first meets the eye. With a handle opening on each end, the top conveniently lifts of the base to become a serving tray.
Wall Storage System30
Want to maximize every inch of your shop or garage? Here's a unique, low-profile system that is easy to rearrange (or add on to later). And you can have it built in almost no time.
Here's a quick look at two popular outdoor finishes: exterior polyurethanes and penetrating oils. Learn how to decide which finish is right for your next outdoor project.
Outdoor Materials - Sources35