a Picnic Table
Are you a "DIY"er?
Do you enjoy the challenge of
making things with your own efforts?
Do you have a basic set of
Do you have that
slice of hidden talent that has been lying dormant for some time? If
so, it's time to throw off those shackles and launch into a project that
will prove highly satisfying to you and your family, and be a very
useful addition to your patio.
To build a picnic table, first
of all you require a plan, a bit of enthusiasm and a few practical wood
The new generation of hexagonal
and octagonal picnic tables not only look fantastic but are very
practical, seat a large number of people and are also very simple to
Check out the plans. Some are
far easier to construct than others, some have a lot of unnecessary
woodwork underneath and some are a lot more stable than others. Check
to see if there is provision for an umbrella hole in the centre.
Every cut on a hexagonal table
is 60 degrees and this is therefore the easiest to make. You can do all
of the cuts with a compound drop arm mitre saw or even a
mitre box. The other tools required are very basic.
The lumber varies with the plan
also. Check to see if the sizes stated are readily available. Common
timber species to use for outdoor furniture are pine, douglas fir,
redwood or cedar. Check with your lumber merchant to see the
availability and prices. Choose only dry lumber to make sure that the
finished product doesn't shrink or crack or warp.
The table top looks far better
if it is cut in hexagonal sectors. It will take a bit of patience and
accuracy to get every thing to fit right but you will be very satisfied
with the results.
To build a picnic table would
require no longer than one weekend but may take a week or two to get
all materials and tools organised.
You will be very proud of the
finished product as you test it out for the first time with your family
celebrating with a sizzling sausage and a large glass of nose tickling
Have a look at our main page for
our Picnic Table Plans.