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Re How to make a Hexagonal Picnic Table

Comments and Photos from Martin Middle School in Austin, Texas.

This plan makes a beautiful table!
I'm a math teacher and I used your plan for a summer project for some of my 8th grade students who were willing to come up to school for 3 weeks to learn and work.

This table will go in next to our school's garden beneath a tree.

There were plenty of lessons on fraction and decimal conversions, angle measurements, equilateral triangle and trapezoid characteristics, and we even used the Pythagorean Theorem to figure out if we could fit the completed table out of our school's courtyard doors once complete.

Three things I would do differently if I were to build another one:

1) It seems like the seats are too low to the ground by an inch or so.
2) I would use crates or car jacks to set the seat frame- this was, by far, the most difficult part.
3) The stain we chose seems to be too dark for pine.

Three things we modified from the plan:

1) If you build according to the plan then you will have half inch gaps in between the trapezoids on the table top because the wood you actually buy isn't 6 inches wide- it's more like 5.5 inches...so we re-calculated and drafted a table top with no gaps and brought the seats in closer a bit
2) we used 1x6 lumber instead of 2x6 for the table top surface to make the table lighter.
3) We added chunks of 2x4 for seat support at the end of the lower frame pieces.
4) We took the recommendation of someone else on this site and cut our frame pieces in 60 and 120 degree angles.

Total cost in material = $170
Total time to build (with students and teaching them etc.) = 35 hours

Many thanks!
Ingrid Ristroph
Martin Middle School in Austin, Texas
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