Picnic Table for our neighbor friends

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Project by woodshaver Tony C posted 08-20-2019 02:16 AM 1690 views 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is just a simple 6’ picnic table that I made for our next door neighbors. They are Turkish people from Russia and they were exiled from Russia when the Soviet Union broke up. The 1st President Bush took many refugees to the US. I can’t say enough about how nice our new neighbors are the best neighbors anyone could ask for. It feels good to be able to help them get on their feet. I found some discounted PT lumber at HD’s and a 10 ft umbrella for $10 dollars on our neighborhood site and got this done for them.

This build took just over a days work in the shop and only cost $61.66 for all the wood and hardware including the umbrella. They were very thankful! Funny how that 10’ umbrella makes the table look small.

Oh.. the table was too heavy to carry so I attached some wheels to it and we rolled it over to their patio. Now they can enjoy the day in the shade!
Thanks for looking in!

PS. The Plans were FREE! so if your interested here you go!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#1 posted 08-20-2019 02:24 AM

Tony nice gesture and innovative transport.

We built pressure treated picnic tables for a unit I served on as psychologist. Problem was the tables had arsenic as the protective chemical.

Might be beneficial to treat this table to prevent any chemical transfer to food? Penetrating epoxy from total boat or whatever.

If you’ve considered this never mind! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 08-20-2019 02:33 AM

Thank Tom! They plan on staining the table after it dries out. They will also use table cloths she said. I read that it’s ok to make a Picnic table using PT wood but they also say not to prepare food on it.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 08-20-2019 03:01 AM

Thats brilliant , and what a great classic design. Looks nice and sturdy so it wont tip over.
Great work, wow those pictures of your surrounding area look lovely Tony, what a nice place to live and enjoy BBQs with neighbors.
Nice gesture and great story.

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#4 posted 08-20-2019 03:19 AM

Fine job on the table Tony. That’s what being a good neighbor is all about. I wish I had you for a neighbor.( I could borrow your tools. haha) Good find in the discount section at HD. That’s a super price on the umbrella. I would of bought it and I don’t need one.
At first I thought the wheels where permanent. It doesn’t surprise me at all coming up with the wheel idea to get it over there. I look at that as a Tony usual.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 08-20-2019 03:36 AM

Its great to have nice neighbors. Way to go Tony for helping them get a good start Great looking picnic table. I need to make one too. I’ll probably go round.

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#6 posted 08-20-2019 03:46 AM

Nice looking picnic table Tony, you’re a great neighbor.


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#7 posted 08-20-2019 03:58 AM

Good for you Tony! Great table, wheels were smart. Love it!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#8 posted 08-20-2019 06:40 AM

great heart,Tony
like your work,well done
now take a beer …or two…and grill…

-- bambi

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#9 posted 08-20-2019 07:15 AM

Fantastic, Tony.

-- Mark

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#10 posted 08-20-2019 11:31 AM

bol’shoye spasibo vam, thank you very much. I did learn a few words living in Moscow for 2 years.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#11 posted 08-20-2019 12:34 PM

Real nice table, Tony!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 08-20-2019 12:44 PM

Thank you Anthony,
They are hard workers. Julia is a head baker art Panera bread and she is a fantastic cook. She is always bringing us goodies. It’s nice living on a pond we love seeing all the wild life it brings.

Thank you Dave,
Every time I’m in HD’s I have to check out that bin! Sometimes there are some great deals in there. I got lucky finding that picnic table in there! LOL I made a movable little green house once and it rotted away. I kept the wheels just to have then in case I need them for something; glad I did! You can me my neighbor anytime we would love to have you!

Thank you cvalley,

I like those round table are nice looking; a bit more work too! Wish I had found some redwood cheap!

Thank you Jim,

Mr Rogers was a good influence! LOL! It’s tough moving to a new land and if I can help I’ll be there!

Thank you Jerry,
When you use you head thing go down the road much easier. In this case over some very thick St Augustine turf. Heck I’m 73 with a bad back and Al has a bad heart so those wheels saved the day! :)

Thank you bambi,
Nothing feel better than giving and making life easier for someone that needs help. And they need help on a regular basis. Oh.. I did have a beer! LOL!

Thank Mark,
They thought so too! It’s nice to be nice!

Thank you Doug,
I tried speaking a few word but for me it’s hopeless. We do communicate with the help of an APP on their iPhone but and if I catch enough words in English I can make out what they say; we do ok most times.

Tony741… ?? I won’t click on that link you may be the guy that’s been scamming on this site. Sorry! 3 posts in 4 hours ???

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#13 posted 08-20-2019 12:46 PM

Thanks Jim,
I got a bunch of left over PT maybe I’ll make a mini Picnic table their Grandkids.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#14 posted 08-20-2019 01:12 PM

Awesome build Tony and a nice gesture. Not all immigrants are bad, but most get a bad rap….

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#15 posted 08-20-2019 01:29 PM

Thanks Tooch!

We couldn’t ask for better neighbors Mike, If all the immigrants were this nice, this caring and this dedicated to their jobs and family and friends I’d want them all living near us. Our neighbors have very high values and only want a peaceful life. Julia and Al are proud to say they passed their citizenship requirements test with a little help from my wife and I and their family. They have been American Citizens for a few years now. They are honest sincere and only want a good life. We love them!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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