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Re Octagonal Picnic Table Project
The octagonal picnic table plans were great and very easy to follow! As you can see on the picture,
I made several changes. Borrowing a suggestion from another reader, I doubled up the legs.
Since I used 5/4" deck boards for both the table top and the seats,
I also added some cleats under the seats for additional support. I added @ 5 1/2" to the leg lengths for a taller picnic table.
I also used the revised plans for the table top, but the slightly longer original plans for the seat to give some additional room.
Lastly, I counter sunk and filled/sanded all the screw holes, and bored 1 1/2" dia. pockets so that all the
carriage bolt heads and nuts would be recessed and flush with the board surfaces. Applied 2 coats of weatherproof solid stain, and we are ready for outdoor entertaining!
Brian S. Gardner
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