How To Build A Classic Picnic Table

It only takes a day to build a classic outdoor picnic table.

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There are good reasons for this being the classic picnic table.

It’s sturdy, weather resistant and cheap to build. It easily fits six to eight adults around it.

To seat a smaller party of four, cut down the overhang equally at both ends or reduce the length to 1200mm.

Choosing the timber
 The materials you choose depend on a couple of factors. If the table will be staying outside in all kinds of weather it’s best to use seasoned hardwood or western red cedar.

With hardwood you need to drill pilot and clearance holes before screwing the pieces together.

If the table is to be painted or kept undercover, it can be made from pine.

Choose the timber carefully for this project and find pieces free from splits and splinters, twists and bows.

Most timber yards will cut it to size for you for an extra cost.

Step 1. Cut the top board
Step 1. Cut the top board
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Using a circular saw, cut the seat and top boards to length, cutting away cracks or splits that may be on the ends of the boards.

Use a saw guide to cut the ends. 

TIP When using a circular saw, cut with the underside of the board facing up to avoid rough edges on the finished surface.

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