Picnic Table/Bench

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Project by Martyroc posted 03-23-2013 12:56 AM 5741 views 9 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wife said we need a picnic table, YES MAM’
We wanted something that looked good and we also needed some benches, so my internet search began. I started with LJ’s to see what other members had made, and found one I really liked, alas it was a year or so old and the link to the plans was no longer available. That had me going to google to find what we wanted, we got lucky after a few searches, ( I searched just for images) we found one we both liked, materials looked inexpensive and the plans were super simple, which my wife said was good because I’m simple.

I had posted a forum topic to get an idea what other members might suggest and got a few good responses. so off to Lowes to by cheap wood and some hardware.

The total build time was about an hour and a half, the last 45 minutes was done outside in the dark, using the motion sensor lights, but I was determined.

The wood is 2×6’s & 2×4’s Douglas Fir, the stain was an outdoor stain sealer we bought a year ago for my daughters swing set, (i’ll get to that too). Then 3 coats of sprayed outdoor Spar Urethane, and a coat of beeswax for a nice shine, especially in the sun.

I have a few more pictures, not many but if your interested it is in the forum topic along with a link to the plans. For a quick outdoor project it cant be beat, the longest part was the finish, as always. Here is a link to the forum topic with the plans LINK

As always questions, comments, constructive criticism are always welcome.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

14 comments so far

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#1 posted 04-26-2012 12:11 AM

Looks good Marty. I may be doing that this summer.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#2 posted 04-26-2012 12:17 AM

I recommend it Russ, its super easy and quick. This was supposed to be a family build, but my daughter and wife gave up after 10 minutes, no stamina those two :)

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

#3 posted 04-26-2012 12:49 AM

Great table or bench great job

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#4 posted 04-26-2012 01:04 AM

That is a really cool project! Its a full-sized table, benches, and 2 little tables. This is a great and unique project you built. I really like it a lot. You could sell the heck outta these babies!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 04-26-2012 01:29 AM

Looks good I was just ask for these the other day lol Good work

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#6 posted 04-26-2012 01:38 AM

Nice table, adding to my favorites.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#7 posted 04-26-2012 05:10 AM

Very practical table!

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wild bill franklin

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#8 posted 04-26-2012 10:43 AM

Looks like an excelance job Marty !! I love the finish you put on it , I might try my luck at making one soon. Thanks for posting it!!

-- wild bill, Stapleton, Al

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Adam D

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#9 posted 04-26-2012 04:35 PM

I’ve never seen any glossy outdoor furniture before—I’d be concerned that you’d spend the rest of its life wiping off water spots and cleaning dirt off it. Any problems with that?

Other than that, the pivoting backs are really clever. Reminds me of “Transformers” xD

-- Adam, Rochester NY

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#10 posted 04-26-2012 08:47 PM

Well done, Marty. I saw that plan also and liked it and wanted to make one also. But just never got around to do it. You did a real good job, Marty.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#11 posted 04-26-2012 09:17 PM

much nicer than the plastic (legs) version that sits on my porch.

my wife would want the varnish, oh ya, right up until it needed cleaned, or re-varnished, or got bird poo on it.

Raw wood for me, thanks.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#12 posted 04-26-2012 11:34 PM

I like it too. and maybe one day will build it.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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wild bill franklin

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#13 posted 04-27-2012 02:02 PM

Hey Marty, congraculations on making it to the daily top 3 ,nice job!!

-- wild bill, Stapleton, Al

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#14 posted 05-17-2012 04:45 AM

Marty, It’s so funny.. Last week-end I suggested this style of bench/table to my in-laws after noticing their current table was looking a bit shabby. One piece tables can be difficult to move around and a two piece that serves as a nice bench seems a perfect solution. I have a plan that I picked up years ago but I like your design much better! Great job!!

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