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10 ft. Picnic Table (for Yogi and BooBoo)

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Project by Mainiac Matt posted 08-06-2018 01:23 PM 975 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For years we had an 8’ Pine picnic table, but the ants finally ate it. So Mrs. Mainiac wanted to buy another one. Rather than offer the Carpenter Ants another fine dining experience, I opted to make one myself.

Open source plans were found on line, modeled, modified and re-published for my personal use. I got the 2×10 on the cheep as an employee purchase from work, but wound up trimming the 10 footers to get rid of some splits and knots at the ends. So final length turned out to be 115”

My philosophy was to have the things people and food touch painted (one coat primer and two of color) and the rest PT.

I set up a jig on my workbench so the three ‘A’ frames came out exactly the same and then was very fussy about assembly, to ensure it all came out square.

‘A’ Frame joints are held together with 3/8” carriage bolts and the rest of the connections are 3” coated deck screws.

One more Honey Do checked off the list, so I can hopefully get busy on a project I actually want to do :^o

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam





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majuvla

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#1 posted 08-06-2018 01:47 PM

Nice colour!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 08-06-2018 02:51 PM

this is an excellent picnic table I love that it is 10 foot and I also love the 2 tone color perfect for all them picinic baskets boo boo LOL ….. GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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ralbuck

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#3 posted 08-06-2018 04:27 PM

Always good when it fits your needs!

Nice table.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 08-06-2018 05:39 PM

It’s a beauty Matt!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#5 posted 08-06-2018 06:56 PM

Lots of great family times to be had here, Matt! Congrats on the check off!

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 08-06-2018 10:08 PM

NIce table, Matt, and cool color too. That table probably takes a few strong backs to move.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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DS

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#7 posted 08-06-2018 11:17 PM

Wow! You even got the Forest Service Green going there.

Very Nice!

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#8 posted 08-07-2018 05:32 AM

Great job. I like a 10’ picnic table too. Just to piggy-back on what Don said about how the table is probably heavy, have you considered wheels, attached somehow, to at least one of the outside A’s? Or some other way?

-- -- Jim, Cumberland,RI -- Life is all the other stuff you do when you're not in the shop. - http://www.woodshopshed.com

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Mainiac Matt

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#9 posted 08-07-2018 12:34 PM

Never being one to throw away a partial can of paint, the green was water born enamel deck paint that I used on a screen porch floor about 9 years ago.

Sealed up tight and stored in the cool basement, it just needed a little stir and was good as new.

My wife picked out the color back then, so I knew she would like it.

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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Mainiac Matt

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#10 posted 08-07-2018 12:36 PM


NIce table, Matt, and cool color too. That table probably takes a few strong backs to move.
- Don Broussard

I’m old enough and wise enough to use hydraulics for such tasks :^p

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#11 posted 08-07-2018 12:54 PM

This is a beautiful pic nick table and so nicely done.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#12 posted 08-08-2018 10:51 PM

Nice picnic table. I like the paint, the color reminds me of Lincoln logs. And the rounded corners are a nice touch.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#13 posted 08-09-2018 12:39 AM

Another wonderfully finished project!

-- James E McIntyre

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#14 posted 08-09-2018 05:18 AM

I love your picnic table. Wish I had it on my patio. Maybe I will try to see about trying the project myself. Thanks again for the idea.

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