Octagon Picnic Table

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Project by wecoyote posted 09-22-2009 04:02 AM 8632 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this table with basic pressure treated wood. It has been assembled with Pocket joints and Gorilla Glue. As you can see from the pictures, there was a bit of extra glue that squeezed out of the joints. NOTE: Gorilla Glue expands! (but it will come off with a sharp chisel and utility knife)

Other than it weighs as much as my car, I am pretty pleased with how it came out. The design was just an idea based off a picture I saw with some enhancements to withstand the abuse of three kids and northern winters.

There were no plans other than the math it took to figure out how long the pieces needed to be with 22.5 degree angles. Thank goodness for power miter saws!

-- B. Corliss

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#1 posted 09-22-2009 04:22 AM

I built a similar one about 5 years ago from plans. Mine has gaps in every other “corner” of the seat ring to make it easier to get in and out. Plans has a few errors that really messed up some of the final stages.

Anyway, I can tell you that these are very heavy and a bit more work than they may seem.

I am sure you will really enjoy it. Mine was the hit of every yard party with the seating and being able to really see each other in the group.

Consider a lazy susan for the center.

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#2 posted 09-22-2009 04:23 AM

It looks very sturdy. I am sure you will get years of service from this table.

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood, only smaller projects.

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#3 posted 09-22-2009 05:10 AM

cool table

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#4 posted 09-22-2009 03:27 PM

Nice table, looks very sturdy. Should last you many years.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#5 posted 10-10-2009 03:33 PM

Very nice!! I like this design. I scoured the internet for a design I actually liked when I built mine. What seemed like an easy project was actually a fairly difficult one. Glad you’re happy… you’ve done a nice job.

-- Chip, Virginia

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#6 posted 03-25-2010 08:45 PM

Very nice table design and construction.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 03-25-2010 09:33 PM

Nice work ! I built one almost exactly the same as that design .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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