|Project by lumberjoe||posted 07-05-2012 03:41 PM||1077 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
This was my 4th of july project as a request from the wife. When she said “you should make a picnic table today” I got kind of excited. Then she mentioned she wanted to paint it. I was hoping to get some nice cedar and make a really nice looking table with a great finish, but there was no changing her mind about the paint. Instead of wasting nice wood, this is made out of doug fir 2×6’s and PT 2×6 legs.
I can’t say I enjoyed making this that much. I have been really into making nice things with complex to semi-complex joinery and precise fits. Working with construction lumber sucks. It is 6 feet long, The top is 29” wide. The supports are off center because she wanted me to drill for an umbrella to go in the middle. This is mostly screwed together with some Titebond III in key areas. The legs are held on with 3/8 lag bolts. I had to polish up on my trig to get all the angles and hole locations correct, but come assembly time, everything matched up perfectly.
Now I need to spend the day cleaning and reorganizing my shop. Cutting PT is nasty. The crap gets everywhere and gunks up blades and equipment. Fortunately the only tools I used was my CMS, circular saw to hack off some tapers on the top and seat supports, and a drill.
I think I will stick to interior furniture for the time being. It will likely get painted today, of which I will have no part of :)