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folding picnic table… Another challenge from the wife

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Project by zoopmitty posted 08-31-2015 04:40 AM 1680 views 21 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Again i think my wife wanted me out of the house… so what does she do?? A challenge. “I saw this neat looking picnic table” she tells me. “YOU THINK YOU CAN MAKE ONE OF THOSE??” Thats her way of challenging me. She knows I can’t turn down a challenge. Lucky for me there was a really great site that had detail description and pictures of such item right here>>> http://www.buildeazy.com/1pce2x4-1.php A short overview video of the picnic table being built by the same guy>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wvL-mr0bDI

The link above is very detailed and precise. He said you’ll need about 80 screws and i used 76 total. It was a fun weekend project that took few hours. Overall it turned out pretty good. Only thing i’ll do different would be to use a regular 2×4 and paint it for protection rather than buy the heavy pressure treated wood which weighs a ton. About $50 for all the wood and hardware. There are other plans that uses different size wood but i just settled on this one which uses common 2×4. Fun and easy. Check this challenge as SUCCESS. Still got the painters tape on it I used to mark the pieces. :P





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 08-31-2015 12:24 PM

Great project!

I was going to ask you about the painters tape joinery. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 08-31-2015 01:47 PM

nice build

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#3 posted 08-31-2015 05:18 PM

Great! Have to do some similar!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#4 posted 08-31-2015 05:31 PM

That’s a nice project and very practical.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#5 posted 08-31-2015 09:18 PM

Fantastic! Thnx for posting and thnx for the links. I was just talking about this a few days ago.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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zoopmitty

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#6 posted 09-01-2015 12:37 AM

Thank you all. its perfect for a small narrow porch since the footprint is not big at all. Might have to make a few with different wood/paint since the wife posted it. Her friends are asking how they could get one. Hmmmmm

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Pointer

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#7 posted 09-01-2015 12:46 AM

Been eyeing one of these myself. I have a neighbor who would find it very useful siting on his deck. Besides, it would give us all more places to sit when we go over there in the evenings to unwind with a cold one. Or two. Yours turned out nice. Will take your suggestion on painting though.

-- Joe - - Laughter is like a windshied wiper, it doesn't stop the rain but allows us to keep going.

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Richard

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#8 posted 09-02-2015 09:04 PM



Thank you all. its perfect for a small narrow porch since the footprint is not big at all. Might have to make a few with different wood/paint since the wife posted it. Her friends are asking how they could get one. Hmmmmm

- zoopmitty


Oh no , the next challenge has already arrived. See what happens when you do a really good job on something like this in such a short time.

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#9 posted 09-02-2015 09:26 PM

That turned out really nice. I have had the plans for several months, just not the time to build one.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Dark_Lightning

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#10 posted 09-03-2015 01:29 AM

My wife showed this to me on her tablet just yesterday! Crazy. But I have no place to put one.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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zoopmitty

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#11 posted 09-04-2015 10:37 PM

Richard>> I know… its a curse. I’ll just say my saw blades are all dull. LOL

MT_Stringer>> thnx. It was really a quick build. I was surprised myself how quickly it came together.

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Richard

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#12 posted 09-04-2015 10:49 PM



Richard>> I know… its a curse. I ll just say my saw blades are all dull. LOL

MT_Stringer>> thnx. It was really a quick build. I was surprised myself how quickly it came together.

- zoopmitty


And she will buy you nice new sharp ones. :)

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MT_Stringer

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#13 posted 09-04-2015 11:06 PM



Richard>> I know… its a curse. I ll just say my saw blades are all dull. LOL

MT_Stringer>> thnx. It was really a quick build. I was surprised myself how quickly it came together.

- zoopmitty

Did you have to make any adjustments to the plan as drawn?
Just curious.
Thanks

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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zoopmitty

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#14 posted 09-05-2015 03:12 AM

MT_Stringerf>> If you look at the plan, the only pieces i ended up changing was C1 and G1. C1 I cut it a bit longer and G1 I couldn’t get the cut right so i tried to trace the shape and angle of that piece while it was in table mode. If you watch the 2nd video its important that the seat part of the 2×4 is flushed with the part that its screwed into. Otherwise it may stick while opening or closing. I tried to focus in on the area as i was closing it. the second part is where the seat comes down to its final resting spot. hope you can see what i’m talking about. Before i figured that out, i thought i screwed the pieces together since i couldn’t get it to open.

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