Jacquelyn Poole Outdoor September 02nd, 2018 - 05:41:06
Picnic table in the world. How you might ask because everything is a right angle. Now I'm gonna have planned a cut list. It was nice being able to cut a lot of the pieces at the beginning of the project. Instead of to fit like I normally do, the main structure of the table is built around these two leg assemblies. Each one has a 2x4 top rail that the tabletop boards are going to attach to and then a 2 by 6 rail on the bottom that the benches are going to attach to now.
After I had one side done, I flipped it over and I used my square to make sure that I had boards on the other side that lined up exactly square with the others. Here, I'm attaching two 2x4 stretchers to the tops of the leg assemblies notice. I had to take away one of the two by fours from the leg assemblies on the inside. That's just part of prototyping. I also had to remove the 2 by 6 stretcher on the outside of the leg assemblies so that I could screw in a third 2x4 stretcher in the center of the table, and now that I knew I had a sturdy base to work with. I could start attaching my 2 by 6 slats for the tabletop.
Now I started by just centering the first one, then using these 3/8 inch spacers between each board. This made sure that if I had my first board square, all the rest would reference that one and stay square. Then I used my speed square to make reference lines for where I needed to start my bench slats, and I used that same spacer again to keep everything even and square. So I guess now it's kind of time. For the moment of truth, I'm not gonna lie. I'm worried about these two legs there, pretty close to the center of the table. Thinking, there's like a 60/40 chance that they're too narrow and the table will want a tip if you get too many people on one side.
If that is the case, don't worry. I still got a backup plan, but I wanted to try this first. If it does work, then it's totally worth it. It means that you only need one set of legs if it doesn't work I'll, just cut two more short legs that'll sit directly underneath the seat. Let's give it a shot yeah. I think this could be a problem, although I will say proportions are looking great. We just need to fix these legs real quick, so the easiest thing I could think of was just to get out and cut those legs flush and then install my new ones. Of course, the plans on my website will all be updated for the new legs.
So don't worry about that and while I had my tabletop upside down, I figured it was a good opportunity to go ahead and add some extra 2x4 bracing, and I want to give a huge thanks to our sponsor this week. That made this project possible the regular rigs line of work where, for the past couple days, I've been wearing my new rigs outfit by Wrangler and I've got to say the cool Vantage technology that is incorporated in the denim has been great.
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