Making a picnic table!

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I was asked to help build a picnic table on the weekend, and seeing as how I’d never made one before, I gladly said yes!

Our plans called for 2x4s, but we only had 2x6s on hand.

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We decided to alter the plans and go for it anyway. First we built the table top

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Then we added the legs

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Next step was adding the center supports

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We have a table!

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Then we added the seats, and discovered that the table was really quite big. Much bigger than we had initially imagined…

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Next came the supports for the seats to the center of the table

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A little sanding

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Et voilĂ !

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The whole project took about 6.5 hours which was almost on track except that we had to redo the seats as we were off by a few inches. It made the tall folks feel normal, but it made the shorter folks feel really short. We also had a few lake breaks since it was something like 45 degrees out!

There’s talk about painting a Union Jack on it, but for now we’re all pretty pleased with it!

Posted on July 17th 2012 in Woodwork