Octagon style picnic table

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Project by _Moose_ posted 05-07-2012 02:28 AM 3915 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished up a new picnic table to take up to our camping property this spring.

Made of all 2×6 dimensional lumber from big box store. Doug Fir with two coats of Cabot’s Spar Varnish.

I got the idea from this project after seeing some photos on line. Didn’t have any plans to work with and had to do some experimenting to get it all figured out.

Lessons learned: on the table top I’d start in the middle next time and work my way out. This time I started with the longest cuts and worked in. Made quite a chore out of getting the glued-panel center to fit right.

Cheers, thanks for looking.

-- _Moose_ Hooper, UT

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#1 posted 05-07-2012 02:57 AM

That’s an awesome table!

-- Tyler- Montandon, PA ------ "It aint broke, it just needs fixed!"

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#2 posted 05-07-2012 08:51 AM

Love it great job!

-- making something from nothing, and making it your own... thats life.

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#3 posted 05-07-2012 10:22 AM

very nice, no fighting over the outside seats!

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#4 posted 05-07-2012 01:42 PM

Looks great, nice work!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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Bye Bye

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#5 posted 05-07-2012 08:35 PM

Like it.

-- "Bazinga"

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#6 posted 05-07-2012 09:51 PM

I agree – very cool!

-- Mark, Jersey Shore,

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#7 posted 05-07-2012 11:14 PM

Just curious as to the time frame for you to complete this really nice table?

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#8 posted 05-08-2012 01:20 AM

This is cool, I wanted to build a similar table, but thew wife wants a pergola now, so it goes on hold again. Very nicely done.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#9 posted 05-08-2012 02:22 PM

kajunkraft, I tinkered with this over about 6 weeks. All told, probably 25 hrs worth of work. But again, first time build, so many lessons/efficiences learned, so maybe a two weekend project now.

All the cuts were just a 22.5 degree miter, the seat kicker legs were beveled at 20 degrees for tilted support.

thanks for looking.

-- _Moose_ Hooper, UT

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