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Plans for making Picknic Table............

We want a smallish picnic table for our yard. She wants movable bench seats, and she usually gets what she wants, usually. I'm going to possibly scale it down a bit, but not necessarily, so to build is better than to buy. I would not mind dropping $500 or more on the wood, and type of material is open. I read that cedar is a good choice, but finding cedar of decent quality may be an issue. We have hardwood suppliers in town, and I could go that route if necessary. So first question is .... any plans out there? I'm tired of designing my own stuff and need a brain break. Secondly, wood choices? Thanks in advance..... Phil

This is what the queen likes. It cannot look like a standard picnic table, its gotta have class. What would Rodney Dangerfield say about that? Wood suggestions? Looks like I will have to design it by using a picture. No problem.




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Do a Google search for "picnic table plans", when results come up click on images and take your pick, just be careful there are some scams from our buddy T3D mixed in the bunch.

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Do a Google search for "picnic table plans", when results come up click on images and take your pick, just be careful there are some scams from our buddy T3D mixed in the bunch.


Is T3D the guy that emails me all the time selling or "giving away" plans?
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Is T3D the guy that emails me all the time selling or "giving away" plans?
Yes, just be sure to skip over anything connected to him or anyone else offering 16,cajillion free plans.

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As simple as that set is if you like we could help you make your own plans. The type of wood I would recommend would largely depend on what kind of environment it will be in. If it will be out in the direct sun and rain I would prefer pressure treated wood. I built a picnic table about 30 years ago and would still usable. Sort of abandoned the table about 20 years ago. It has no finish or anything on it now but doesn't rot. You can't just go buy pressure treated wood and start building though. When the wood comes into the lumber company it's dripping wet with the chemical they use. If the wood isn't dried first you can experience a lot of warpage problems. I will normally buy the wood a month before I start building.

Cedar or redwood would work fairly well depending on the span of the table. You may have to put some kind of skirt or supports under the table top to prevent it from sagging in the middle. Cypress would also be a good choice.

I would recommend not putting breadboard ends on the top. A picnic table is going to experience a lot more wood movement problems than an interior table. The center of the top will either expand out past the breadboard ends or in time will shrink to the point you will have to trim the breadboard ends to match the table.
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