My First Project - Children's Picnic Table

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Project by whutshisname posted 07-09-2012 08:43 PM 1953 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just received my new sliding Miter Saw and was looking for a simple project to try it out. I thought that this would be a good test of my saw because it had some 30 and 45 degree cuts in addition to the normal 90s. It’s made of untreated Pine and sealed with Thompsons water seal used on decking. It’s nothing fancy, but turn out really nice. It is big/strong enough to hold 4 kids at the same time, with plenty of room to spare. My daughter loves the table. She helped daddy build it.

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#1 posted 07-09-2012 08:46 PM

That came out really nice! Congrats on the miter saw. Looks like you put it to good use.


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#2 posted 07-09-2012 09:56 PM

Looks Great nice first project . Have Fun

-- Pat Brownfield Westland,Michigan

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#3 posted 07-10-2012 12:05 AM

my in-laws bought the plastic version for my kids. It’s great, but yours is better. Nice work. How is the top attached?

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#4 posted 07-10-2012 01:25 AM

Nicely done. A really great and useful first project. Loos like a very happy customer to go along with it as well. glad she could help.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 07-10-2012 02:12 AM

The top is held on by three, 1×3 cross beams at each end and in the middle, for vertical strength and one 1×3 running parallel to the table top, between the legs for horizontal support.

Right now, everything is held together using 1 1/4 brad nails. I have some T nuts and bolts with lock washers if I need to add them, but for now everything seems pretty solid without them. And I thought it looked cleaner this way.

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#6 posted 07-10-2012 02:12 AM

Great looking picnic table, I’m sure it’ll get a lot of use over the years.

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#7 posted 07-10-2012 02:43 AM

Nice job! Welcome to LJs.

-- Steve (North Louisiana, near Ruston)

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#8 posted 07-10-2012 06:27 PM

1 1/4” brads? I don’t think these are going to hold over time. I would highly suggest at least carriage bolts on the leg/seat support intersections.
Would hate to see a kid break a leg or something if it failed with them all on it.

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#9 posted 07-10-2012 11:03 PM

I had them bought but liked how it looked without them. And it seems really sturdy as/is. But, you are right, it isn’t worth the risk. I put them in tonight. Still looks pretty good. Just not quite a clean.

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#10 posted 07-11-2012 02:49 PM

What you could do if you don’t like the look of the bolts is to half lap and glue the leg and seat support together.

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