|Project by ayryq||posted 05-12-2016 01:19 AM||902 views||1 time favorited||2 comments|
Here’s a eight-foot picnic table in western red cedar. I’m going to leave it unfinished. I used plans from Handyman USA with one change: The plans called for a 2×10 for each seat; I couldn’t find that size board in cedar so I used two 2×6s. Which worried me that the crack would be directly over the 2×4 stringer (chance for water accumulation), so I added a spacer block which you can see in one of the pictures. It feels plenty sturdy; time will tell if the seats sag at all.
I had never worked with cedar dimensional lumber before. I was surprised the the 2×4x8’ boards slightly varied in length, maybe 1/2” between the shortest and the longest. I had to circ-saw off the ragged edge at one end of the table top.
In the fifth picture my kids are counting nails.