How to Build a Picnic Table | Hexagonal Picnic Table 1/3

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hi welcome to today's show I'm les syczyk and I'm avian Rogers we just built this hexagon picnic table and a planter box to match it we're going to show you how to build one too we've chosen redwood for our project but you could use anything that will stand up in the weather and that's available in your area pressure-treated wood Cypress or cedar would do very well you know the skills that you learn in building this outdoor furniture projects today you can apply to a lot of different kinds of outdoor furniture projects so why don't we get started I'm ready before we start building our table let's take a look at all the component parts of the table we unbolt the tabletop from the table to show you how it all fits together and as you can see the top looks rather like a wheel there's a series of spokes this one long one goes clear across the entire top then there are four shorter ones that butt into the main one we've also made these very simple miter cuts at the end of each spoke and some rather complex looking ones down here but please don't worry about those they're really simple and we'll show you how to do those in just a minute now to tie this all together at the hub we're going to apply this gusset right here and we'll nail that in place and then this top will be extremely rigid now the bottom rate or the seating ring is also made up of these spokes and it's made the same way that our tabletop is and you can even see that we've got a gusset here now as for the seating these are made up of two by four planks and we also use two by four planks for the tabletop we just fill it in to the center now the legs are attached by bolts at each spoke and then we'll also put in bolts here right here at the top and they bolt into the spokes of the tabletop so we're gonna have a nice strong table if you are going to bake a chocolate cake and you hadn't done it before you'd follow a very good recipe and that way you'd come out with a chocolate cake instead of chocolate gloop the same thing as with this project here you need a very good set of plans and here we have an example of that you can see it starts with a nice photograph of the finished project so you fix it your mind exactly what you're aiming toward then we go to a plan view of the table itself both the top and the bottom now look at the top plan here it gives a lot of detail here are the dimensions of the planks themselves here's the overall dimension of the top right across it and it shows how the spokes go together and exactly where that gusset goes that we looked at a moment ago it does the same thing on the bottom it shows lots of detail here the overall dimensions and specific dimensions of the parts now it gets even better as we go over here here's an elevation of the table further detail of construction detail it shows all how these angle cuts are made and look at here here's even a detail of how this cut is made at the end of the spoke here's a further detail of the leg itself so that there you're not going to be any mistakes made there when you put it together and it also shows some beginning to show how the it is constructed here is the spacing between the planks on the top where the gussets go where the bolts go exactly how to do those and then over here is an exploded view of the entire table now each part is labeled in this view it helps you put it together and it also helps you identify the individual parts for example this part n is shown down here and it gives its precise dimensions and what that part is called so having gotten a good set of plans and thoroughly understood them so you know precisely how your project is going to go together and how you cut all the parts it's time to think about what we're going to do this with now this project is simple because we don't need complicated tools ordinary shop tools a circular saw an electric drill ranch screwdriver things like that and if you had a table saw that would help too and part of the cuts we're going to be doing on a table saw now let's review the steps we're going to go through to build this table first we're going to cut the spokes and we'll cut the planks and legs cut the gussets assemble the spokes attach the planks and gussets attach the legs and then finally when it's all put together put a finish on our table to protect the wood now if you're ready let's get to work so let's take a really close look at the spoke system of our table we have two spokes coming off of one long spoke on each side and each end is finished off with a thirty degree miter cut now a miter cut is simply a generic term for an angle cut now here we've got a simple 30 degree angle cut a two of them that line up like that then here this looks like a little bit more complicated cut but it's really not it's simply two thirty degree angle cuts that are made by cutting one thirty degree angle from one side flipping the board over and then cutting another thirty degree angle so right now we want to do a start by cutting our long spoke and to do that we'll be cutting one of our 30-degree miters here and then the other one over here and we've checked our plans and from the long point to the other long point it's forty six and a half inches so to make our cut we're going to be using a circular saw now I've already got my thirty degree angle marked on my board and the way that I got that is I took this protractor and lined out my bevel just like that and then I tightened or down so we've got a good strong steady 30 degree angle took that bevel and scored my line across like that so I'm going to make this cut flip the board over measure forty six and a half inches and cut my other bevel I just want to make sure to put my glasses on we've cut our 30 degree angles on both ends for our long spoke so now we're into the nitty-gritty of cutting our angles for our spokes we'll start with a 30 degree angle the simple one right here and one thing I want to say avoid the mistakes that I've made in the past and cut your inside angles first before you cut your spokes to length when you cut your 30 degree angles okay now to do that what you need to do like I did here is I adjusted the base of the saw to 30 degrees I lined up my marks and tighten down this adjustable screw I also clamp the piece down right here so that as I'm cutting across here it's going to stay in position now an important thing here is make sure when you're running your saw across your board to keep the base running flat along your wood


3 Comments

Otella Hobson · May 14, 2019 at 9:44 am

I love for my backyard

Pascal LeBlanc · May 14, 2019 at 9:44 am

where did buy your book

dabaddest1fosho2000 · May 14, 2019 at 9:44 am

I am trying to find out how to get the plans for this table

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