Kids' Picnic Table from Knock-Off Wood

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Project by Mark Whitsitt posted 05-14-2010 03:46 PM 3640 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Many of you may already be familiar with Ana White and her site

This site is actually what got me started with woodworking earlier this year when my wife asked me to build a bed for our son that Ana published

Also from this site is this current project, the Kid's Picnic Table. Another great thing about this project is that it cost me about $20 in pine boards & fasteners. It also only cost me about 1 1/2 hours of my time.

While this little bench is just fine the way it is, I think I’d make a small change by adding about 2 1/2” on both ends for aesthetic reasons.

This particular picnic table has been (mostly) primed and has yet to be painted… K-OW project painting is my wife’s part of the deal… I believe she plans to paint it yellow to go with the playhouse we recently put in the back yard for the kiddos…


-- -- "there are many good reasons to use old hand tools, but moral superiority is NOT one of them..."

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#1 posted 05-14-2010 04:29 PM

Great job!!! I need to build a few of those for my grandchildren.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#2 posted 05-15-2010 08:29 PM

Good job, nice project

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#3 posted 06-18-2010 11:35 PM


We’re getting ready to make a couple more of these for friends & family, so I decided to investigate the options for materials.

The original plans come from Knock-Off Wood, and one of the goals on that site is build really nice furniture using dimensional lumber, usually pine that is readily available at your local home improvement store, to minimize the costs of putting all this together.

I recently found in our area (Des Moines, IA) a very nice lumber company that effectively supplies hardwood lumber to most of the cabinetry/millwork companies in the area. They will also sell an individual a couple of boards at about the same cost. I was recently able to bring home a nice 4’x8’ piece of 3/4” 11-ply import birch plywood for $32. The better grade of 3/4” plywood at the HD only had 7 plies, and was about $50. anyone want to guess where I’m going for sheet goods in the future?

Anyway, back to the picnic table. Suffice it to say that I found that I can get S3S cypress boards for this project for about 20% less than S4S pine at the HD.

Advantages: less material cost, natural resistance to weather and insects, so we can leave ‘em bare, or paint ‘em if we want.

Disadvantages: I’ll have to rip the boards to proper width on my table saw… the lumber yard will thickness plane to my specification, and give me one straight edge…

Conclusion: GET THE CYPRESS!!!

Qualification: I know, it depends on where you live as to whether or not you can find a lumber supplier like this one, and whether or not that supplier will have cypress. The point here is to investigate your community to find better sources for your input supplies than the big box home improvement stores…

(stepping off soap-box…)


-- -- "there are many good reasons to use old hand tools, but moral superiority is NOT one of them..."

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#4 posted 06-19-2010 01:09 AM

good job

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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