Picnic Table

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Project by Bob Kollman posted 05-31-2011 05:12 PM 2427 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This year I’ve been working hard and since we moved we needed some outdoor furniture.
Cedar is a great out door wood, and a lot of wood goes into even a small picnic table. I
was thinking it would cost 120-140 bucks…closer to 200 ooppps first mistake. I got a variety
of plans from friends and web sites and picked the simplest design, it took about 3 to 4 hours
to build. Unfortunately, I bought 5/4 stock for the seats thinking it could handle the weight,
had to stop the project Sunday night and go to the store and get 2×6 for the seats. As
you can see the top is 5/4 stock and that works real well. I wanted the table to be light so when
we mow the lawn the table is easier to move. Another problem was the plan called for the
bottom cross member to be 15” up from the ground….That was to low with respect to the
table top…didn’t feel right to me…So I added a riser block 1.5” to bring the seat to a more
comfortable level. Not a perfect project, but one that got done quickly, and hopefully will
last a good 20 years. This table is extremely rigid, and I didn’t put any finish on it. I want it
to grey out over the years. I did use galvanized bolts and stainless steel screws.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#1 posted 05-31-2011 05:25 PM

nice and solid bob

barbeques people and beer

a tough bunch

for the health crowd

grilled bean sprouts
flip quick

or you will be serving
burnt weeds

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 05-31-2011 05:32 PM

Very nice, Bob!

Nice big yard to hold it… along with the BBQ, fire pit, & milk crates… :)

Looks like a FUN thing to put together!

Looks nice and solid… BIG too!

Have fun using it!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#3 posted 05-31-2011 05:48 PM

You got the yard, you gotta have the Picnic Table…
My folks bought a Cedar one in 1961 and it’s still in their Yard!!
Nice One Bob!! You’ll get a lot of use out of that!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Bob Kollman

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#4 posted 05-31-2011 07:20 PM

David, didn’t even have the beer when my buddy dropped by. Good
time eating…sorry no weeds served on our grill….

Joe, the milk crates were to carry the wood chips up from
my shop for the fire pit….the little buckets were later filled
with water to put out the grass fire…:(

Mike, I really hope that 50 years from now my son or
daughter will be using this very table….

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 05-31-2011 11:45 PM

Looks great, Bob. It is a really nice project. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 06-01-2011 01:17 AM

Nice looking picnic table.

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#7 posted 06-01-2011 05:46 AM

very nice…one of my first projects was a huge picnic table…yours looks much nicer!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 06-01-2011 05:50 AM

Nice looking table. great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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