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How to build an Hexagonal Picnic Table

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From Bill Kelly. -   Here's another hexagonal table made of knotty cedar ... more below

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hexagonal picnic table made by Bill Kelly

From Bill Kelly
Here's another hexagonal table made of knotty cedar - the third I have built as a donation for the Otto Specht School in Chestnut Ridge, NY.
This one took me two days with very little scrap wood left over.
The plans show lengths of each piece, but don't calculate the actual amount of number you will need.
This might be helpful when you go to buy the wood if you want to minimze waste - and cost:

2x4 - 3 @ 10', 3 @ 8';   2x6 - 5 @ 10', 5 @ 8', 7 @ 6'.

Instead of the plywood the plans call for under the seats, I used the 9.5" temporary braces used when attaching the legs.
It saves on wood, and is pretty invisible if you cut the ends facing outside at a 30 degree angle.
I believe the cedar braces will last longer than plywood.
Instead of nails, I used 2.5" construction screws and filled the holes with plastic wood.
The screws are quicker, stronger, and cleaner than nails.
I used teak oil after sanding to 220 grade with an orbital sander (80 - 150 - 220).
The tables I made last summer still look like new!

Now that I have the routine down, I know I can build the next one in a day, including pickup of lumber, screws, straps, and carriage bolts (I use 3/8" diameter and 2.5" length).

To see the free plans for this project click here.
For the $5 downloadable version, free of ads click here.

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