Heavy Duty Picnic Table

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Project by Jos posted 11-28-2015 05:31 PM 975 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello fellow Lumberjocks – I want to share my first picnic table project.

I completed this picnic table in a few days – working a few hours each day. I found a local lumber yard that sells premium treated lumber; the table top, legs, seats are made from 2×8, the rest is either 2×6 or 2×4 – this is a sturdy table! Fasteners were a combination of 2.5” & 3” deck screws and a few galvanized bolts. Also, used outdoor wood glue on permanent joints (the tabletop, A-frames, & seats can be disassembled for easier transport).

I am going to keep it under a covered porch, but want to add a protective coating to help preserve, add a finished look, and make it easy to clean. I was thinking Thompson’s Advanced, as I’ve heard it is ideal for treated lumber, but feel free to leave any recommendations.

Thanks for viewing.

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#1 posted 11-28-2015 06:16 PM

You’ll need to test it. Put a bunch of BBQ and coleslaw and drinks and stuff on the table and have 3 good sized women all sit down on the bench on one side of the table with nobody on the other side. See if the women end up on the ground on their backs with a picnic table upside down on top of them with a bunch of BBQ in between. Seen it happen. It makes for a lot of squawking. It’s all about how much the bench overhangs the feet. You’ve got quite a bit of splay in those legs, so you might be ok, but you’ll need to test it. If it fails you might need to pull the seats in closer to the legs and/or make them a bit narrower. Yours being pressure treated makes it heavier, which will work in your favor too.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#2 posted 11-28-2015 06:57 PM

It has been tested, not exactly in the comical method provided, without issue – the table is fairly heavy, so I agree it should be okay under normal usage. Good idea for resolving the issue – thanks.

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#3 posted 11-28-2015 10:33 PM

Where did you get your plans? I would like to build one of these.

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#4 posted 11-28-2015 10:51 PM

Hey MarcM, sorry, no plans for this project; I did it on the fly.

I’d recommend Jay Bates. Hey has some plan on his website:

I hope he doesn’t mind me sending a recommendation…

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#5 posted 11-29-2015 06:49 AM

Great project

-- Norman

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#6 posted 11-29-2015 11:23 AM

well done!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#7 posted 11-30-2015 10:24 PM

This looks almost exactly like one my father made out of cedar. He signed and dated it in 1957. He kept it under a covered patio and we used it every summer, all summer long. I think he refinished it once with a spar type finish. I still have and cherish it! Nice job!

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#8 posted 12-01-2015 11:30 AM

Thanks all for the kind words. Jjoe, I like that you still have the table that your father built – I should sign and date mine – good idea – and excuse for me to get out the wood burner. I will look into using spar type finish; I’ve used it on the benches I made and like the way they turned out.

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#9 posted 04-10-2016 06:07 AM

Got some stuff at, some are need to be repaired because they are used products. I can perhaps remodel it this way.

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