How to build your own picnic table for the garden?

It’s hard to do without a picnic table on sunny days, especially if family members, relatives and acquaintances regularly come home. What if you made this piece of furniture yourself?

Make or buy?

During the summer seasons, fans of the “garden-party” simply cannot do without a picnic table, especially if children live in the house. They will simply be delighted if you install one in your garden. Here is very good news for all DIY enthusiasts, because it is quite possible to make the basic model, ie the table with two integrated benches. Be careful though, because the materials needed to create this furniture are a bit bulky. Storing them can overload your garden if you don’t have the space and risk making a lot of mess in your garden throughout the work.

So, if the construction site seems too complicated, know that there are very beautiful picnic tables on the web. This essential outdoor furniture is available in different materials, to name only passive pine, teak wood or aluminium. And to bring a touch of cheerfulness to your outdoor space, you can also choose the table in different colors: green, red, yellow or even turquoise.

Prefer to do it yourself? Regarding the choice of wood, as the furniture will be exposed to bad weather and the vagaries of the weather, favor species that are both solid and resistant such as spruce, northern fir, oak or eucalyptus. Otherwise, recycling enthusiasts can also turn to pallets. This recycled material will be removed from supermarkets in your neighborhood.

How to proceed ?

The other advantage of making your own picnic table is the freedom to choose its size. Indeed, sometimes the dimensions of the standard models on the market are not suitable for small gardens. For the execution of this task, you will need a circular or handsaw, a hammer, a square, a measuring tape, eight centimeter galvanized nails and strong special wood glue. For optimal solidity of the furniture, it is better to use both during assembly.

The first step will then be to manufacture the base. Consisting of eight pieces, the base will form the legs of the furniture. Leaning at thirty degrees, the legs should be long compared to the height of the table. But also also the two upper crosspieces which will receive the table top. Finally, the two lower crosspieces will act as supports for the benches.

Once the eight pieces have been nailed and glued in a compact way, the second phase will be the creation of the board. This part will be made up of several boards with a minimum thickness of three centimeters. Their assembly will of course be done on the reverse side using reinforcement pieces to be placed both laterally and centrally. This method will also be used for the manufacture of the two benches. Afterwards, you can finally move on to assembling the furniture by fixing the top to the crosspieces of the upper base and the benches to the lower crosspieces.

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