Finished Picnic Table

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Project by Fridgecritter posted 06-02-2013 11:27 PM 1352 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table was for a customer, and it was custom made to fit… well, a little bit larger folks. For that reason, the benches were a little bit further back when I made it, to allow for some room. When the customer backed out, I decided to keep it. I cut some length off of the trusses that hold the bench boards, and moved the benches in towards the table top. This table was made with common stock lumber from Home Depot. I routed the edges of the top and benches, and my wife just finished helping me put a nice coat of Thompson’s Waterseal. I alternated light colored boards with darker ones for contrast.

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#1 posted 06-03-2013 12:17 AM

Looks great. The only thing I would recommend is re-coating it with deck stain next year. I made an outdoor table out of cedar and put TWS on it. Less then 6 months later it looked awful. Some sanding and two coats of deck stain were the cure.

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#2 posted 06-03-2013 01:59 AM

Thanks for the tip. I used a fence weather stain on my backyard fence, and it has lasted about 5 years now with no signs of wear, but I didn’t want to break out my paint sprayer and thin it out and go through all that trouble again for a picnic table. We will see if it lasts. I REALLY painted on the TWS on thick so I hope it goes well. It’s also 95 degrees here today, so I think it should dry sufficiently enough that if it’s going to work the way it was intended, it will.

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#3 posted 07-07-2013 05:57 PM

That’s a really good looking picnic table you built. I like building them myself, they’re practical and easy to make. Direct sunlight will have a lot to do with maintaining the natural color. Me, I like the silver, driftwood color. I do see one item you may want to add. A couple diagonal braces from the bottom of the table top to the seat stretchers centered between the legs.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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