Cypress Picnic Table

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Project by Thepps posted 11-24-2009 03:08 AM 2206 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a christmas gift I just completed for my parents. The top and seats are 1.5” thick Cypress and the frame is treated pine. I used treated pine instead of Cypress on the frame for cost, weight, and strength. Cypress is quite light and I was afraid this may blow away on a windy day. The table is quite heavy built the way it is and will definately not blow away!

I used pocket hole joinery for the majority of the construction. This way there are no screws visible on teh top and I didn’t have to plug any holes. There are about 300 pocket holes on this project! I used the Kreg jig which works great with Blue Kote screws that are weather resistant. Stainless steel bolts are used to attach the seats to the legs.

The top is 63” in diameter which will seat eight people. The entire length is about 8’ long. The table is very sturdy. I jumped up and down on the ends of the seat just to make sure. :)

I leave it as an option to my parents if they want to stain the cypress or leave it the way it is so it weathers to a silvery gray.

I initially thought this would be a pretty quick and easy project, but it turned out to take quite a bit of time. Like usual!

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#1 posted 11-24-2009 03:22 AM

Nice table. I’m sure your parents will love it. ypress is a pleasure to work with.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#2 posted 11-24-2009 04:00 AM

Nice picnic table.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 11-24-2009 05:32 AM

That’s a unique design. Great build and I’m sure your parents are going to love it.

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#4 posted 11-24-2009 11:40 AM

Nice solid table, great job on the angle joints for the table top looks good.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 11-24-2009 01:26 PM

nice design
i think the top will work for a end table i have in mind to mate some cypress aderondacks

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#6 posted 11-24-2009 09:22 PM

very nice

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#7 posted 11-25-2009 09:58 PM

great table. I love how you rounded everything. These are usually so square.

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

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