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Project by Thepps posted 1708 days ago 2125 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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Box

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#1 posted 1708 days ago

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

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Beginningwoodworker

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#2 posted 1708 days ago

Nice picnic table.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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huff

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#3 posted 1708 days ago

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

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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Ken90712

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#4 posted 1708 days ago

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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hootr

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#5 posted 1708 days ago

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

-- Ron, Missouri

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OhValleyWoodandWool

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#6 posted 1708 days ago

very nice

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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RexMcKinnon

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#7 posted 1707 days ago

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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