Eastern Red (Aromatic) Cedar Picnic Table

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Project by Matthew Eye posted 08-28-2014 05:28 PM 3636 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have built a few of these Cedar Picnic Tables. Each one is different in its own way, from the knots to the way the sapwood swirls. They are beautiful and solid.

Counterboring the carriage bolts keeps you from cutting your leg when entering and exiting the table. All the screws I used are 2-1/2” exterior deck screws. I didn’t want the thing falling apart before the wood gave out. This table should last several decades.

I got the plans from Bob’s Plans at

I did not finish. If you want to keep the color, I highly recommend marine varnish. It is worth the cost.
Last photo is me leaving the sawmill with 1000bf of cedar!

-- "When it comes to working on stuff, buying more tools usually helps" - Matthew Eye

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#1 posted 08-28-2014 06:02 PM

Nice table! Red cedar is such beautiful wood. Smells so good. My grandparents had red cedar tongue and groove paneling and the scent transports me back to my youth. Great build, thanks for sharing.

-- Fred ~ lignator novus ~

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#2 posted 08-28-2014 06:08 PM

Great table

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-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 08-28-2014 06:11 PM


-- "When it comes to working on stuff, buying more tools usually helps" - Matthew Eye

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