|Project by Bob Kollman||posted 05-31-2011 05:12 PM||1685 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
This year I’ve been working hard and since we moved we needed some outdoor furniture.
Cedar is a great out door wood, and a lot of wood goes into even a small picnic table. I
was thinking it would cost 120-140 bucks…closer to 200 ooppps first mistake. I got a variety
of plans from friends and web sites and picked the simplest design, it took about 3 to 4 hours
to build. Unfortunately, I bought 5/4 stock for the seats thinking it could handle the weight,
had to stop the project Sunday night and go to the store and get 2×6 for the seats. As
you can see the top is 5/4 stock and that works real well. I wanted the table to be light so when
we mow the lawn the table is easier to move. Another problem was the plan called for the
bottom cross member to be 15” up from the ground….That was to low with respect to the
table top…didn’t feel right to me…So I added a riser block 1.5” to bring the seat to a more
comfortable level. Not a perfect project, but one that got done quickly, and hopefully will
last a good 20 years. This table is extremely rigid, and I didn’t put any finish on it. I want it
to grey out over the years. I did use galvanized bolts and stainless steel screws.
-- Bob Kenosha Wi.