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Re How to make a Hexagonal Picnic Table

photo of an hexagonal picnic table

Love my table...of course there were some modifications.

First the size had to be reduced to fit comfortably on our deck. Away with the bench seats and the outer 2x6 ring was changed to 2x4.

As a first time miter saw user I had some difficulty with the upper frame bevel cuts. ( I don't believe the Imperial dimensions for the long face (1 3/4") are correct for dressed lumber.) So I cut six 15" gussets/spreaders and installed them between the upper frame arms to assure 60 degree angles before assembling the frame and nailing the upper metal straps.

The spreaders also served as a "backstop" for the 2x6 legs which were installed inside the spreaders.

This eliminated the lower frame and also kept the feet inside the table perimeter for safety (tripping that is... you'd appreciate that if you knew the condition my guests sometimes manage to achieve.)

The 7" inner triangles ended up with a truncated tip also due to the dressed size of the lumber. So, if I had to have a plug it may as well be substantial. Three rings of 2x2 (1 1/4 x 1 1/4 dressed) were added and a scrap piece of 2x6 was cut for the hexagonal center. This I think added an interesting architectural relief to the table.

Lastly, because these inner pieces float, and my grandchildren love puzzles, I carefully numbered them on the bottom.

Thank You, Kent
North Carolina

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