Party Picnic Table

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Project by jmiesun posted 03-24-2013 02:37 AM 1491 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 ( 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.

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#1 posted 03-24-2013 03:47 PM

Nice work will be used alot I’m sure.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 03-24-2013 08:49 PM

Nice table. I will be making one this spring also. I will use yours as inspiration

-- Its all about the jigs

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#3 posted 03-26-2013 03:52 PM

Great looking and sturdy picnic table. A great addition to the deck and will be enjoyed by the family for many years. Well done!

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