Thinking about hosting a barbeque, but have no place to seat the guests that are going to come? What about simply having a place to sit down and eat when the weather is nice outside? These are all questions that have the same answer which comes in the form of a neatly built picnic table. Let’s take a look at a step-by-step process for building a picnic table.
Before beginning it is important to go on a little shopping spree. The idea is to have all of the necessary materials in place beforehand.
* Deck screws (2 and 1/2 inch)
* 22 degree miter
* 2×6 pressure treated lumber
* 2×4 brace
* A-frame side
* 2×4 pressure treated (crosspiece)
* 2×8 leg pressure treated
* Middle brace
Step #1: Frame
It is time to cut the frame and have it ready to go. Four legs will be cut out of the 2x8s. This will be done using a miter to create a 22 degree angle. Two 2x4s will be used as crosspieces. These will be mitered to be 45 degrees under the tabletop. Two 2x4s (braces) will be cut for the sitting area.
Step #2: Building Frame
The 2 1/2 inch deck screws will be used to fasten the legs and the crosspiece together. The legs and bench crosspiece will be put together with a 3 1/2 carriage bolts. This will be done 15 inches from the bottom.
Step #3: Top and Benches
Two pieces of 2×6 are cut for the bench. While, 4 2x6s are cut for the actual top. The corners should be clip in order to create balance. The bench crosspieces will be attached the bench planks with 2 1/2 inch deck screws. All of the planks should be spaced out to be around 1/4 inches apart. 2×4 braces will be secured in place under the top on each side to keep it in place. The table can now be painted with any preferred stain.
Step #4: Finishing Touches
This should be it with the table ready to go. However, everyone has their own preferences when it comes to how the table should look and feel. These come under the ‘finishing touches’ that have to be done.
It is up to you as to what is used to stain the table. The local home hardware store will have a range of options used to stain wood.
It is best to stain the wood as it will not only look better to the eye, it will last long as it is protected. This can increase the life of the bench.
The perfect picnic table will not take long to built. This is a job that can be completed within 4 hours and does not require a lot of extra work.
If the steps are followed, it is straightforward to put the picnic table together. Make sure all of the parts are in place and secure before using the table otherwise it could fall apart at the first sign of pressure.
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