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Picnic Table & Bench Plans
This easy-to-build cedar picnic table and bench
set is an excellent weekend project that will be
the focal point of your backyard. Made with
beautiful and durable red cedar, it will ensure
countless summers of barbecues, picnics and
outdoor parties. Red cedar is easy to drill, saw
and shape, and it will keep its attractiveness
|(5) Top slats
2" x 6" x 60"
(2) Cleats 2" x 4" x 27"
(4) Legs 2" x 4" x 40"
(2) Braces 2" x 4" x 30"
(6 sets) Machine bolts 3-1/2" x 1/4",
(1 pound) 4" Deck screws
with the table, measure and cut the five 2x6
slats to 60-inch lengths. Lay the slats on a
clean and stable work surface with the most
attractive sides down. Separate the slats with
quarter-inch spacers, and be sure they are
square. Then, clamp the slats together with a bar
construct the 2x4 cleats. Cut the cleats to
27" lengths and trim the ends at 45-degree
angles starting 2"down from the top edge.
Place a cleat on edge, 7" from each end of
the table top. Allow a 3/4"margin from the
a combination countersink bit, drill two screw
holes into the cleat above each slat, deep enough
to set the screw heads below the surface. Fasten
to the slats with 4" screws.
the legs to 39", with 38-degree parallel
angles top and bottom.
clamp the legs together at their centers with C
clamps. Adjust the tension in the clamp until you
can open the legs to make a cross with a
28-1/2"span on each side and tops and
bottoms aligned. Mark along the side of each leg
where they cross. Remove the clamp and cut the
half laps from each 2x4 leg. Reclamp the legs in
the leg assemblies to the table top cleat with
two 3-1/2" x 1/4" machine bolts at each
and cut the table braces to fit between the table
leg assembly and the table top with 45-degree
angles at both ends.
the braces to the table top with 4" screws
from below. Drill bolt holes through the
"X" of the legs and completely through
the angled ends of each 2x4 brace. Countersink
the bolt holes to accommodate washers and nut.
Then install the bolts and remove the clamps.
bench construction, you will follow the same
basic directions you used for the table, except
that the dimensions are different. For instance,
use half-inch spacers separating the two seat
slats. And the crossed bench legs should be cut
at 24-degree angles rather than at 38 degrees.
Note that the brace will need to be offset by
one-half inch to accommodate the space between
finished with table and bench construction, sand
with medium grade sandpaper and apply the finish
of your choice.
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