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Bryan's first picnic table

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Project by kenth posted 695 days ago 547 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son and I built this a few weeks ago. He is eight years old, and I think he really enjoyed seeing how the whole project came together. He was with me all the way through the process. Now he wants to build a see-saw. If anyone has any good plans for such a project I would appreciate it.

I took ideas from a couple of different traditional picnic tables and incorporated them into this one with wheels.

Since these pictures I have finished it with a redwood stain. (Bryan wasn’t interested in that part of the project.)

-- Kent, Illinois,





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greg48

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#1 posted 695 days ago

Good build, something the whole family can enjoy. If you want Bryan to help with the finish next time, get an airless sprayer, he’ll go crazy with it and everything in the near vicinity will have a finish on it.

I don’t have any plans, but it seems that it would be simple enough. A long board that is comfortable to sit on and a handle at each end to hang on with. You might consider an adjustable fulcrum to offset any weight advantages you might have over Bryan (a scalloped runner beneath the main board riding on a roller pin should do the trick). Good luck and I hope to see the see-saw soon. Don’t try to read that fast ten times!

P.S. Include pictures of the build along with your assistant and post it as a blog or finished build. If you need help in posting pictures to a blog follow the following address (it worked for me). http://lumberjocks.com/GaryK/blog/8899

-- Greg, No. Cal.

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Jason™

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#2 posted 695 days ago

Well said Greg!

Yeah there are tons of free plans for see saws or teeter totters on the net just by typing a few short phrases. Searching images on the yayhoo brought up several nice little ideas for your own. Tons of free plan sites as well heres one. Not the best though http://freewoodworkingplan.com/

Simple design for a basic aspect

or a spare tire in the middle?? different I must say!

https://s3.amazonaws.com/lumberjocks.com/m9po8lu.jpg!

Then add a little creativity of your own and do something like this maybe
http://www.thewoodcrafter.net/proj/p38.php

Ideas are ENDLESS…..especially when you ask for some
PM me if you need any plans from any woodworking magazines. I have hundred’s of them back to the first issues on most

-- Im all night long!! all night .. all night .. ALL NIGHT LONG

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woodworm

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#3 posted 695 days ago

That is really cool project. Very nicely done especially you managed to get your eight yr son involved.
Thanks for sharing.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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woodworm

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#4 posted 695 days ago

Since these pictures I have finished it with a redwood stain. (Bryan wasn’t interested in that part of the project.)

Ha ha ha….I understood him Jason. Even myself is quite reluctant when come to staining/finishing work. Gradually when he is able to do a complete project by himself, he will have to like it.

Post the picture of this finished picnic table when you have time.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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