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How to build an Hexagonal Table with Seating

This is the imperial (ft and inch) version. Click here for the metric (mm) version.

About the wood sizes

All dimensions are in inches. The size of the lumber referred to in his project is the actual size, which is the size of the lumber after it has been dressed (smooth, planed, finished).
When the lumber is dressed, the actual size is then less than the nominal size.
For example: 2x6 when dressed may be 1 1/2"x 5 1/2" actual size, and 2x4 when dressed may be 1 1/2"x 3 1/2" actual size.
The actual sizes can vary slightly from area to area but that should not have any effect on the dimensions given throughout this project. What will vary, depending on the actual size of the lumber, is the gap between each row of tabletop boards and seat boards.

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About the angles

There are two different angle cuts required for this project. One (the most required) is 30 degrees off square, the other is 60 degrees off square.
To cut the 30 degree angle, simply set the blade on your miter saw to the required angle. The 60 degree angle will have to be cut with a handsaw, as miter saws will not do such a cut.
Don't know how to get a 30° or 60° angle?
Click on one of the links below to bring up an angle pattern image. You can then print out that image and use it as a pattern.
30° pattern click here
60° pattern click here

Below is the materials list. followed by plans and then instructions.

 Nominal size  Actual size Used for Amount
2" x 4" 1 1/2"x 3 1/2" frame spokes 50ft
2" x 6" 1 1/2"x 5 1/2" tabletop boards and seat boards 125ft
1/2" x 4 1/2" galvanized carriage bolts with nuts and washers bolting legs to frame spokes 24
galvanized metal strap tie the spokes together 7ft
4" galvanized flathead nails   4 lb

You will also need six pieces of 3/4" plywood about 12" long and 4" wide (or similar), a bit of glue and a handful of screws.
The plywood pieces are fixed to the underside of the seat boards for added strength.