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Hi everyone, hopefully you are all safe and healthy and waiting for this craziness to come to an end as I am. We had a minor dilemma over the weekend when alas, there were no small tables for the ladies to place their wine glasses on as they enjoyed each others company. My sweetie asks if we have any wood that I could use to build a few small tables, she found and a plan that was just perfect in an older Woodsmith magazine and the new pieces could be ready for their next "Wine Time".

Well here they are, a ceramic tile surrounded by a bunch of red oak, Ann Marie is very happy and knows the ladies will appreciate the effort, after all, one shouldn't have to hold their wine glasses too long. Actually, I am pleased with a weekends worth of work and as you can see, my good friend Samuel Adams stopped by to toast the new additions. These simple pieces pale compared to most of the outstanding work here on the forum, but, I am in for a happy life, till the next time :wink: Thanks for looking. It just occured to me that I think I put this in the wrong place, sorry mods :frown:
 

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Rick, they look good to me. Nice quick build, you deserve that Samuel Adams.

One thing I did notice was you used Red Oak for the tables. Will these be used inside or are they for use on the deck? White Oak is a better choice for outdoor use, red oak will not weather well unless you take special care of it but if they do fail after a few years you can always make some new tables with newfound skills.
 

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Nice tables, I like the easiness and practicality of using a stone or ceramic tile for the top, I have a wicker table that matches a set that the glass top shattered a couple of summers ago, I've been thinking of making a 3/8 or 1/2'' plywood top and covering it with ceramic tile. It has a curve on each side so I will need to use my tile saw to trim.
 

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Thank you all so much for looking and for the kind remarks.

Yes Mike, I used red oak because that's what I had, I applied 6 coats of MinWax Spar Varnish, so I think they will be okay for the season.
Ann Marie has plans on using the tables inside for Christmas decorations so they will be out of the elements.
 

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Thank you all so much for looking and for the kind remarks.

Yes Mike, I used red oak because that's what I had, I applied 6 coats of MinWax Spar Varnish, so I think they will be okay for the season.
Ann Marie has plans on using the tables inside for Christmas decorations so they will be out of the elements.
Maybe your wife could whip up a couple of weatherproof covers to throw over the tables when they're not being used(?).
It'd be a shame to see them deteriorate over the Summer and Fall.
 

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I really like those tables. The tile top is a great idea, and I also think making some covers to protect them is another good idea. The other thing I noticed and like is the rail and stile treatment of the four wood pieces surrounding the tile. Simple, elegant. And mitered corners outdoors don't last long in weather, even with spline reinforcement. Well done.
 

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Old post, but very interesting. I have seen tiles at HD that are up to 18 inches square that would make wonderful table tops. No water marks, ever. Put a couple of drawers in it and you have some really practical end tables that can hold necessary items, remote controls, etc. I like this design a lot.
 

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This is a very cool table. I am in the process of building mine out of white oak. I am going to use a finish for outdoor furniture from Rockler. It is almost done. I will post picture when completed.
 

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Hi, Rick.
Looking at the pictures, I saw something that called my attention as much as the tables did. At first glance, it looks like a workbench but in the second pic, I saw it. It is the plants stand.
It is also magnificent. I suppose it was constructed by yourself.
 
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