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Re Octagonal Picnic Table Project   (Comments/story below)
octagonal table and moveable benches
octagonal picnic table center detail

Dear Build Eazy,
I was looking for a clever design for a picnic table, and found this one.
Great design, and even more helpful were the user submissions and photos, so I'm sharing what I did.
I used rough cut white cedar, which made it pricier, but it turned out beautifully.
I also made a few modifications.
The original design with the attached benches was going to be much too big for what we needed, so I made 4 basic separate benches (two pictured).
Eight legs seemed like they would make it harder to sit at, so I made 4 legs bolted into the spokes.
Also, I also had a request from my wife for a hole in the middle for an umbrella.
In the original design this would have made the center joint completely unstable.
So instead of the metal straps along the 2x4 spokes, I used a 1ft square piece of 1/8" sheet metal centered underneath the table (see photo), and I also used a single octagon for the center piece instead of the 8 triangles.
Eventually I'll drill a hole through both for the umbrella (but for now I love the center octagon too much to drill a hole in it!).

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