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Rustic Pub Table

January 17, 2018 Leave a comment

Club Cardinal

Once my wife and I were able to add a storm door to our front porch, we were able to reclaim the space from “the elements”. My wife Susan had spent the last several months creating a bird sanctuary on the side of the house which could be enjoyed from the window over the kitchen sink. We could now also enjoy the birds from our front porch and this is where the idea for a pub table was launched.


Using my favorite design tool (Google Images) I came across plans I liked published by “Rogue Engineer” at He refers to it as a “Modern Reclaimed Pub Table” publishing his  build and free plans here:

Rogue Engineer - Modern Reclaimed Pub Table

Start at the Base

The Douglas Fir posts were framed out by 2×4’s joined using pocket hole screws. Work on the base siding went quickly but did involve a lot cutting at the miter saw.

Framing the Base

My color scheme was based primarily on the colors I already had available in my shop and that I knew would work well for our porch. The corner posts were a dark brown from paint I had mixed up for the storm door framing. The rest of the cladding was 3 shades of analine dye (mahogany, bright yellow, tobacco brown) mixed with shellac. The final color was an orange (General Finishes Persimmon) milk paint I also had purchased for a previous project. Every horizontal surface in my shop was used to simultaneous paint the cladding. Then I used my brad nailer and went to town. I began by dividing each color/size into 4 equal piles, then randomize the order and pattern of each side. Tried not to duplicate colors while keeping the sides unique. Not difficult but it did require some attention during assembly.

Three sides of the finished table base.

Slight Alteration on the Top

I built the table per the plans using Douglas Fir 4×4’s from the home center as the base corners. The plans as published used 3/4″ boards screwed to a 3/4″ plywood wood base. The plywood could be screwed to the table base then the boards for the top glued to the plywood. This is certainly one solution to wood movement in the top panel. One of my goals was to use a left-over SYP 2×10 which I used in a more conventional panel glue-up.

SYP Panel GlueUP

I used my largest bit to round over the top edge. The pine was indeed rustic so I took a little extra time to stabilize the loose knots with some black epoxy. After leveling I warmed the color with one drop of vintage amber dye added to shellac, then sealed it with 3 coats of brushed on poly.

Finished Table Top

The Last Hurdle

Because I had altered the plan, I now needed to manufacture a way to attach the top to the base. Crawling inside the column and screwing from below wasn’t an option! I decided to make some square “pads” which I screwed to the top of the Douglas Fir columns. The pads were larger than the columns and elongated screw holes were drilled through the overhang in the direction the top would move. I could then screw the top down to the pads from below and feel pretty good that wood movement could be compensated. Time will tell.

Christmas Eve, I asked my wife to help me carry the now very heavy base up to the porch. Happy Christmas Susan, Club Cardinal is now open!

Finished Table