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A Frame picnic table.
The new generation of octagonal and hexagonal picnic tables
not only look fantastic but they are very practical in the way they can
seat so many people. The old traditional A frame picnic table is a
little unsociable because you have to sit shoulder to shoulder and it
makes it difficult talking to the person right beside you. With the
hexagonal picnic table every one is at a different angle making
conversing easy and it also makes it easy to reach things on the table.
Hexagonal Picnic Tables
They are also simple to construct for the home handyman with a minimum
number of tools and expertise. All you really need to construct one
yourself is a bit of enthusasm, a bit of practical know how in working
with wood tools and a good set of picnic table plans.
The hexagonal picnic table is the simplest because every cut on the
table is at 60 degrees. The legs are 60 degrees, the main frame is 60
degrees and the top if you so desire can also be 60 degrees.
The tables can vary in size from small for the little patio seating 6
people up to the large ones which can comfortably seat 12.
When looking for plans check out the size to make sure it will suit
your circumstances and look at the simplicity of them. Check to see if
they will be stable, check to see if there is going to be plenty of leg
room underneath, check to see whether you can have provision for an
umbrella hole in the middle.
The tools required to construct a hexagonal picnic table are basic
however if you can get hold of a compound drop arm mitre saw the
project will be that much easier and quicker and more accurate.
The lumber to use, needs to be something that is resistant to
weathering and rot in the harsh outside environment. Treated pine is
probably most widely used but some people are not keen on the treating
process. Others to consider would be Redwood, Douglas fir or Cedar. See
what fits in with your existing furniture and decking.
When putting the table top on there are 2 basic ways of doing it. The
first and easiest is to simply place the table top boards on the top
and saw them off. If however you want to have it looking great you can
segment the top into the 6 segments. This does take a little bit of
patience and accuracy with getting all the pieces correctly fitting,
however the finished job will be well worth it.
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