Great plan for a picnic table.
I used treated deck boards for the top. The last board needed to be ripped and rounded over with a router, but it kind of adds a trip effect to the finished project.
Also securing the spokes of the table to a piece of plywood prior to installing the seats or tops helps to ensure they will stay in place during construction.
The distance between spokes is equal to the radius of the table. My kids love the large table.
The extra blocking on the lower spoke and blocking under the table allowed drilling a hole for and umbrella.
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.
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Thank You, Kent
This plan makes a beautiful table! I'm a math teacher and I used your
plan for a summer project for my 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.
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Thanks for the plans. My wife is very pleased with the result.
This table was very easy to build. I originally made all my cuts with a circular saw but I got worried that
my angles weren't true so I went back and made all the cuts with a miter saw.
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That was a great plan!!! Everything was exact except for my chop saw. It slipped a little during my cuts for the table top, but everything turned out fine. Thanks a lot for this site of free plans. I live in Canada and it cost $150 to build. A lumber store in the area had a much smaller one for $149. This one gives you lots of leg room. Thanks Again. Here is a picture
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Corey and Lynne
The hexagon picnic table is a great project... easily seats a large number of adults. Ours takes a lot of abuse.
Recommendations would be to double up the seat supports by sistering a second 2x and using 2x6's for the legs instead of 2x4. We priced #1 cedar and composite and found the cedar to be very affordable - total price with hardware was $250 US.
It is a great bbq table to sit at. We easily fit 6 adults
and 3 children around it. Was unable to source the 150 x 40
at my timber yard (had to order specially and more
expensive)so used 150 x 50 which made the table heavier (It
is not one to move too often). Also used 100 mm flatheads as
they didn't have 90 mm either. I think the h4 and h3 are
around the wrong way in the description. A drop saw is quite
useful for this project to get the angles right. Still with
one I spent about 5-6 hours cutting and measuring (may be
I'm slow). Putting together it helps to have 2 people as the
seat and table sections are heavy. Found that car jacks were
useful for getting the seat section at the right height.
Could cost more than $300 for the materials.
I've always liked this table design but what suited my requirements was just the table (minus the benches) and provision for an umbrella. The former wasn't all that difficult to figure out... switch the frames over and lose the seating "gap" allowance from the dimensions. Finishing with a centered space for an umbrella in both frames was a bit more tricky but achieved by reinforcing stringers bridging the gap left when breaking the two long 2x4 frame members.
The metal strapping had to go but was replaced by screws, glue, bolts and quite a few pocket hole joints. A bonus provided by the use of these extra stringers was being saved the 90" cuts and only having 120" ones throughout.
All in all a fun project that combined a good set of plans with some interesting brain work as well. I've already received many compliments for a patio table with a unique design...
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Hexagon Picnic Table
Our Home Owners association loved the design and are currently building
two tables completely out of 2X6 treated lumber (no 2X4) based on other
posted comments. Our goal is to make this a long term and sturdy table
- ACHIEVED!!! Unfortunately, we tried using a 10" miter saw but that
could not cut all the way through a 2x6 on a 30 degree angle. We ended
up using the circular hand saw. The directions were lacking where
describing how to make the bevel cuts on the center braces. I would
recommend that directions state to rough cut the wood to length plus 2
inches, cut the bevels (30 degree cut first) flip board up right, and
then cut 1 inch over with 30 degree cut again (Giving a 90 degree
angle), complete by cutting 60 degree angle on opposite side to length.
There is no way to cut 60 degrees with the board laying flat due to saw
limitations. Definitely a two person operation. We did not have a
table saw which would have made it safer to use. Total cost for
project (LOWES) using all 2X6 treated lumber was $350 for both tables
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