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After I built my grill cart for our deck, we decided that we wanted a matching cedar picnic table. I copied the look of a picnic table and bench from teakwarehouse.com. They have a lot of cool furniture there, but I did not want to fork over $3300 for the set I liked.

Cedar was purchased at my local Menards. I bought the rough sawn, which came out with an extra 1/4" - 1/2" thickness so I could mill it down so it was flat and true. It was all 2×6, 4×4, and 6×6 for the X-leg design. I used a half lap joint for the X-legs. I then did my first husk tenon. Was very fun and rewarding to see that joint come to life! I found it very annoying to try and chop out the square mortise with a chisel. The soft cedar just wanted to fold, instead of break off. The wedge piece is made out of purpleheart and has a 5 degree slope to it with a matching 5 degree to the mortise. Each leg assembly was then screwed to the top. So if needed, the table can come apart into 4 separate pieces for easy transport. I primarily used my Domino for the bench construction. I gave a breadboard end for the top to help keep things flat over the years (and it looks good). I filled all the large knot voids with epoxy with a dark dye in it. I tried smoothing the top with my hand planes, but I was getting tear out everywhere. So I resorted to a belt sander, then random orbit starting with 80 grit. The finish was a deck stain - Sikkens - and the color is butternut.

At a little over 7' long, it'll hold a lot of stuff. With a few of my small children in the mix, we were able to have a birthday party on it and fit 12 people on there total. We really love it!

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Looks like a great picnic table set! I love those wedged tusk tenons!

I'm sure your family will get a lot of good use and enjoyment out of it!
 

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Not your ordinary picnic table. Great details.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI
 

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Nice! Love the tusk tenon. Also, great color variation on the top, flows very nicely.
 

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Very nicely done sir
 

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Great looking table and certainly windproof.
 

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Darn that is nice! The tusk tenon drew me in.

Great work!
 

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Nice work!
 

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Nice work -
I like projects like this that show that you can make stylish and beautiful pieces without having to buy 8/4 hardwood for 15 bucks a foot.
 

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Very nice!!! That's a dreamy picnic table. Great Work!!!
 
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