My next project was straight from Steve Ramsey’s course, a small patio table. Some friends had just purchased a new house, so I thought this would make a perfect housewarming present.
The table is composed of pine boards and requires only the miter saw for cuts. It is quite simple to make and very rewarding for someone who is new to woodworking. Yet the table has enough design interest, style, and utility to feel like I was really beginning to make useful furniture.
I decided to go for a darker stain and put on three thick coats of polyurethane to ensure it could survive outside in the varying seasons.