Woodcraft - Octagon Picnic Table - Downloadable Plan
Lots of barbecues and picnics will be in your future with this beautiful, handmade octagon picnic table. This large picnic table utilizes sturdy, standard, and time-tested construction. Plans...
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• Size: 4' W (approx.) x 85" L x 29-1/2" H
• Downloadable plan, materials not included.
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doesn't show total material needed to build unless you total it up yourself from the cut list. Also it isn't the picnic table shown in the photo. Overall decent plans but the fact that it lacks what you need to buy in total to build makes it about useless, like a recipe without the ingredients to make it.
Plans are NOT for pictured table
To begin, it’s $3, I get it. However, the plans are not for the pictured table. The under-seat framing is entirely different and the top of the table on the plans is an inlay table not at all similar to the pictured table. If you want to build any octagon picnic table, these will work well. If you’d like to build the pictured example table, buy elsewhere.
Might be helpful to note on cut list that lengths are overall before miters on ends. Had to calculate D in order to be reasonably sure of overall cut length. Alternative might be to show overall lengths of pieces in Figure 2.
Solid table. Read the plans closely
I recently downloaded and printed out the plans to build the table for a porch at a friend's house in Vermont. The instructions were really helpful and provided the exact amount of wood to purchase. The cut sheet was very helpful in trying to figure out how to make the cuts. Diagrams generally very good. Unfortunately, there were a few minor mistakes (for example, cut sheet had a few math problems on a board, a dado cut was not specified etc). Generally though, great instructions and built a solid table. Looking forward to many happy meals there!
This is a very sturdy table. Instead of dowels, I used pocket hole joinery. I paid a lot of attention to the cut sheet and accurately made cuts, and then realized by looking at the prints that some of the cut sizes are oversized and some are not. I made mine out of plain 2 by untreated lumber and plan on sealing it with the latest and greatest deck sealant.
Nice table, built to last
My wife and I built this table a 10 years or so ago. It's well designed, heavy, and takes a lot of abuse. It wasn't hard to build, but don't try to lift it by yourself!