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Picnic table - PEP BB dimensional.straw.table

BB dimensional lumber woodworking - straw badge
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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Dimensional Lumber Woodworking.

Eating inside is fine but sometimes it's nice to eat out by the pollinators.  Let's build a picnic table!







Minimum requirements:
- Seating for 6 and room for 6 place mats plus food
- Benches don't need to be connected to table
- Cearly sturdy enough for use on an active homestead
- No treated wood
- No paint

To document completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pics or video (<2 min):
- The wood you're starting with
- The construction partially underway
- The finished picnic table
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So what i like about this is me and another fellow work at a saw mill, I am the miller and he is the guy who brings in the logs and does the scaling.
These slabs came from one of the few old growth cedars on our island.
The picnic table will measure out to be about 8-9 feet long and 4 feet wide. I am hoping to build 2 benches to put on either end so that more people can eat visit at the table.

it is very heavy for one person to move!
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An example of the cedar slab i used( not the one in the photo)
An example of the cedar slab i used( not the one in the photo)
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cedar slab
cedar slab
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2x8s and the 4x4s
2x8s and the 4x4s
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working on the deck which was the old level/flat area for this work
working on the deck which was the old level/flat area for this work
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central support
central support
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had to notch and chisel to make the legs level as the slabs were different dimensions
had to notch and chisel to make the legs level as the slabs were different dimensions
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flat surface
flat surface
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attaching the 2x8s to the 4x4s ( this is where the seat is going to be put on) clamp is your friend
attaching the 2x8s to the 4x4s ( this is where the seat is going to be put on) clamp is your friend
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cross supports for the legs
cross supports for the legs
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Cedar slab picnic table
Cedar slab picnic table
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picnic table top
picnic table top
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finished table
finished table
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

Beautiful table Jordan!  It looks like it's almost complete in the last picture.  Could you post one picture of it completely done?  I'm not talking about the bonus bench seats, mainly the existing seat that looks temporarily long and possibly narrower than it will end up...

 
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Found the perfect 2x12s which require me to not cut more lumber. They came from our islands local Free Store. They were the stair treads.
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Recycled 2x12s from our islands free store stairs
Recycled 2x12s from our islands free store stairs
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Installed
Installed
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another angle
another angle
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another angle
another angle
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I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete!

 
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I made a picnic table out of some wood my neighbor was throwing away.
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free wood is my favorite wood
free wood is my favorite wood
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What's that? part of a picnic table or something?
What's that? part of a picnic table or something?
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fully built and in a nice shady spot just in time for lunch
fully built and in a nice shady spot just in time for lunch
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Howdy, here is my picnic table.  I repurposed some lumber from various jobs and only had to buy eight boards for this project!  I didn't have all the materials at one specific starting point, so I tried to include a few boards mixed in here and there when I brought in new wood.  I used cordless power tools: impact driver and circular saw, a miter saw, measuring tools: tape, rule, and square, and #9 x 3" torx head exterior wood screws.

I used some clamps and shims to space the boards uniformly throughout.  Pine is a wonky wood with a mind of its own to move, needed a little assistance to straighten it out.

The table is seven feet long, 34 inches wide, and 32 inches tall.  The benches are wider than normal to accommodate the American sized bahonkas or allow cross legged sitting.  At 27 ish inches per butt, that allows ample room for six to be seated three per bench.
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Old pallet in good shape, I broke it down and reused it
Old pallet in good shape, I broke it down and reused it
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Some, but not all boards
Some, but not all boards
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I finally had to purchase boards for the seat and two on the table top to finish.
I finally had to purchase boards for the seat and two on the table top to finish.
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