Really Strong Picnic Table for $100 (March 2013)

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Project by JSB posted 03-21-2013 04:58 PM 2647 views 17 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a perfect project for spring. I think picnic tables are a pretty good seller no matter where you are. My biggest pet peeve regarding picnic tables is sitting down on a wobbly one. If I’m enjoying that fresh off the grill juicy hamburger I don’t want to be jarred around when someone sits down opposite of me. So to stop that I designed a slightly stronger table with more emphasis on lateral movement. There is a 4” support beam that runs the length of the seat that really strengthens the entire build. Both bench seats and the table top are secured from below with pocket hole screws. No screw heads visible from the top. Glued, screwed, and bolted. So long as you properly account for mother nature, these should last a long, long time. For a full writeup, instructions, shopping list, cutting diagrams, and the sketchup file check out the writeup on my website.

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#1 posted 03-21-2013 05:11 PM

I built one very similar about 5 years ago, the benches are separate. It is heavy, so it stays put. Seats 8 no problem and will here for another 10 or more years. All 2×6.

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#2 posted 03-22-2013 01:26 AM

Looks good. I am of the belief that the stronger the better.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 03-22-2013 11:59 AM

Looks plenty strong to hold us “Big boys” :-)

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#4 posted 03-22-2013 12:53 PM

those legs are massive. should hold up a long time!

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#5 posted 03-24-2013 09:48 AM

Nice bench

About keeping it for 10years, have a look here

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