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Picnic Table Project

large size traditional picnic table
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How to build a large traditional picnic table

Page Contents
Page 1: Introduction - Materials  you are on this page
Page 2: About the measurements
Page 3: The plans
Page 4: Cutting the pieces
Page 5: Making the template
Page 6: Making the end frames
Page 7: Fixing the table and seats
Page 8: The bracing
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This is a larger than normal traditional picnic table, which at a push can seat eight adults.
The table is 2000mm (80") long and the top is 800mm (32") wide, so there's plenty of room for a bit of food, too!
The complete unit is made out of 100mm x 50mm (2"x 4") wood,
we have also added a plan for an end frame template to make the project just that much easier.


Wood: 45 meters (150ft) of 100mm x 50mm (2"x 4") wood.
This amount includes the template and also allows for a bit of wastage.

Bolts: 16 galvanized coach/carriage bolts 10mm (3/8") thick by 110mm (4 3/8") long, or long enough to go through two thicknesses of wood plus enough to accommodate the nuts.
Also 16 nuts and washers to suit.

Nails: About a hundred 90mm (3 1/2") long galvanized flat-head nails.

You will also need 1800mm (6ft) of metal strap and a handful of 30mm (1 1/4") flat-head nails for the template.

Use a dressed wood (smooth, planed, surfaced) that is suitable for outside use.
The actual thickness and width of the wood will be less than the nominal size or the size that you call the wood.
For example: A piece of 100mm x 50mm (2"x 4") wood, when dressed (made smooth) will actually be more like 90mm x 45mm (1 1/2"x 3 1/2').
However, that is not going to effect the overall dimensions of the project.

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