Sitting down with family at a picnic table to have a relaxing meal outdoors is one of the best parts of summer. But you don't have to pack up a basket and drive to the nearest park in order to savor a picnic lunch. You can build a picnic table in your own backyard! This week, I thought I'd share some tips on how to build a picnic table. Also, take a look at some designs for tables that add even more fun to a gathering with loved ones. Enjoy!
Building a Picnic Table
When you think of a picnic table, you probably picture the traditional rectangular design with a bench attached to each side. These are durable tables that can be built with a collection of kiln-dried boards available at many home improvement stores. Most tabletops are made up of five boards that each measure 2 by 6. The length of your traditional picnic table depends on how much space you have in your backyard. Some tables are eight feet or longer, while most are around six feet in length. Traditional picnic tables have boards attached horizontally beneath the tabletop that provide support. Also, there are cross-braces that support the legs of the table as well as the benches that are attached to the sides. If you're looking for something a little more modern, you may want to consider building a picnic table with detached benches. That way, you can move the benches around to other areas when the table isn't in use. An octagonal picnic table is another idea if you want one that is suitable for a smaller patio. You can even make a picnic table out of a used pallet for your kids to enjoy. Regardless of what type of picnic table you decide to build, remember to apply a wood protectant so your table can endure rain and moisture without sustaining damage.
Picnic Tables With a Twist
One tremendous benefit of having your own picnic table is that you can have fun with its design. For instance, some picnic tables have a built-in drink trough. The traditional design can be modified to incorporate a small metal trough at each end of the table. Some people prefer to have a drink trough that runs the length of the entire table. These troughs can be filled with ice and loaded with sodas, juice, and other drinks. I think this is a clever idea; don't you? There are other picnic table designs that have a small grill in the center. Guests sit around the outer edge of the table and watch their meal being cooked. If you prefer to purchase a picnic table instead of building one, you can get one that folds up into a case. Store it away in the garage, shed, or even in your car's trunk! Some picnic table designs feature ornate carvings on the tabletop, allowing you to skip the hassle of washing and drying a tablecloth. You can be as creative as you want when choosing the perfect picnic table for you and your family.
Have a wonderful time creating your new picnic table. And as always, thanks for reading. - Alan