The Awesome Picnic Table

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Intro: The Awesome Picnic Table

This is a picnic table that i thought of and made all in one day. There are 8 2x4's that make the table top, 8 legs with two support beams going across each set (one is hidden right underneath the table) then there are the angled 2x4s for the bottom of the seating

One side of the table obviously has single seats while the other is a bench. There are two hinges at each seat and 4 in the bench part. I get free scrap wood and if you have the room in your yard you can probably get it too by contacting people who do construction because it costs them money to drop it off at an actual dumpsite. 

Have fun making your own and be creative!

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    BarbaraH131

    1 year ago

    Where's the rest of it? Did I miss where there was an "instructable" on how to make this table?

    I would love to try and make one, and maybe a miniture one too, but need a little more instruction other than how many 2x4's were used.

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    triumphmanmeeko

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Plrase show us the himges , where they are & the size, so we can get the right ones. Then we can make this. Hinges come in many sizes . I am guessing that the hinges must be pretty strong , along with their mounting screws! Thanks.

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    oakback

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Notice the far left seat. It's the same as the front left seat, but the back is flipped down (presumably for facing the table). I'm guessing the bench side is similar, you fold the back down to make it a "regular" bench, for facing toward the table.

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    oakbackoakback

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    This link shows a similar table: http://doyoulovewhereyoulive.com/archives/reinventing-nature-escapes-another-picnic-table

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    taylo1g

    6 years ago on Introduction

    This thing looks like it will tip right over if people only want to sit on the bench seat side...

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    meekotaylo1g

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Its hard to tip, the legs are angled enough where you have to have big people to tip it

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    lmclaughlin1

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I think someone may have stolen your design'
    http://dornob.com/reversible-picnic-table-seats-flip-out-into-4-lounge-chairs/

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    meekolmclaughlin1

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Ive seen these alot actually but i wanted to make my own and they dont make the folding benches

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    jeffeb3

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I like that a lot. Is there any way you can take more pictures? Maybe a complete step-by-step is too much work, but some close ups of the hinges, joints, and supports would help someone if they were going to make this. Thank you for sharing.

    Do you find you use the bucket seats or the bench more often?

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    meekojeffeb3

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Sorry but I gave it away to someone who wanted it so I can't take pictures. The hinges I had were wide so I used that to my advantage and connected the 2x4s in the buckets seats together with the hinges and diagonal screws. the bottom angled seats have supports connected to the main 2x4 to keep them from tilting from side to side.
    for the bench, i had a 2x4 going the same way as the bench that had multiple hinges along that.
    for the period that i did have it, i used the bench more often because multiple people could sit together by my fire.
    thanks for the questions!

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    Doganie

    6 years ago on Introduction

    It's a rainy day picnic table, since the seats fold up then they won't get wet! :D

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    noahw

    6 years ago on Introduction

    This is one heck of a picnic table - I love all the different seating arrangements!

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