|Project by jmiesun||posted 03-24-2013 02:37 AM||1272 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
Summer is coming to Washington DC, which means frequent backyard BBQs are on the horizon. The house I rent in the city has a pretty sweet deck, and for awhile now I’ve been looking on Craigslist for furniture to fill it. After some unsuccessful attempts to score some free patio furniture, I decided it would be more fun to just build something myself. A picnic table seemed pretty logical – a simple design and universally accepted party furniture.
My buddy Alex designed the project in SolidWorks 3D CAD software and sent me the instructions earlier in the week. I’ll admit, I wasn’t that excited about making a picnic table but this project turned out to be quick, dirty and really fun.
We purchased pressure treated pine for this project at a local lumber yard (http://galliher-huguely.com/). Most of the pieces were already cut to size so there wasn’t a ton of cuts to make. The hardest part was definitely the angled cuts – we probably should have had a mitre or table saw but just had my circular saw to work with. The thing doesn’t wobble so we must have done something right!
To build the table we used:
1 box deck screws
16×3” carriage bolts galvanized
To christen the table we purchased and consumed the following adult beverages:
(1) Ommegang Hennepin 1pt 9.4 Fl Oz (7.7% Alcohol)
(6) Starr Hill Jomo Lager (5.7% Alcohol)
(6) Lagunitas IPA (6.2% Alcohol)
Started and finished in one day, today felt like the beginning of a pretty great spring/summer 2013.