So the Mrs has asked me to build a picnic table now. I did some searching online and founf this one and she agreed that it’s perfect.
So like most young woodworkers when it comes to choosing the wood to use it goes right olong with how much money to spend. The plans call for approx 100lin ft of 1-1/2” x 8” material. So initially we thought Cedar, then white oak,if i got rough 8/4 and planed it all down out price tag for this was well over 500.00 bucks. This was way out of the park for waht we wanted to spend so we started throwing around ideas of other lumber. Using pressure treated or even stock 2x pine and sealing it. i know everyone is probably cringing at the thought of non treat pine outside year round. What are everyone’s thoughts on this. I know we’d all like to use some perfect hardwood for every project but sometimes the wallet just doesn’t support it. What if i did yo ustandard 2×8’s and planed them down nice and then sealed every piece with a deck sealer. What if i got pressure treated, could i even plne that luimber so it was flat and square? I wish i had an endless supply of lumber, lol…. don’t we all.
-- John Gray