November 18, 2013 by Spencer and Amanda 10 Comments Towards the end of the summer, I got an idea to build a cedar picnic table in my head and could not get it out!
I am new to the blog world, so excuse me if this is a dumb question, but did you post the steps on how to build a cedar picnic table? We built this cedar picnic table as part of a series and you can find how to build and finish each part of the table in separate posts on our blog.
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Put the front and rear slats on the bench, butting each up against the backs of the facing supports on the front and rear of the bench. Attach bottom supports to the outsides of the legs, again starting with facing supports, about 4 inches up from the base of the leg. Save a piece of 4-by-4 when you cut the pieces to measure offsets at the bottom of each leg and when inserting seat supports. You don't have to spend a lot of money to get a fully furnished and summer-ready patio. This page is dedicated to the DIYers that have completed a buildeazy project and have sent us a picture of the finished product accompanied by a story or comment . With summer underway, I set out to transform my small 5 ft x 9 ft balcony into an intimate al fresco dining area able to seat 4 to 5 people. Use corner clamps to hold the pieces together (adding wood glue before doing this will make the joints stronger but skipping the glue will allow you to easily disassemble the bench later).
For my project, I made two benches, added cushions and built privacy panels to complete my corner booth DIY dining area (you can see how I built the privacy panels in this video). I love how my DIY al fresco dining area turned out and it’s been a wonderful place to enjoy warm summer evenings with friends and family. Hi Ana, Not at all, I just wanted to change things up and redo my balcony – both benches worked really well!
It was one of those “we have to build this right now or I just might die” kind of projects. A few of our family and friends have seen the table and each person has said something about how much they love it and how they wish we would build them one! It is a little more pricey because we went with Cedar because it holds up to the elements and bugs much better than regular ole’ 2×4’s. We choose to do benches for three reasons: they are easy to build, they are easy to store and you can fit lots of little kids on them!  We made our benches slightly smaller than the table so we can store them underneath when not in use.


I will also give you a cut list so you will know exactly what you need to purchase to build one. We are Spencer and Amanda, a DIY husband and Wife team, sharing projects we build and create together for our home.
I had forgotten to update the post with each link so I went ahead and added them to this post so you can find each one. I applied premixed sealer and stain in the cold and it went on blotchy, so off it came (never sanded so much in my life!).
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With the advent of central heating and middle-class homes, carrying indoor furniture outdoors for entertaining became increasingly inconvenient and hard on the furniture. Cut four 4-by-4-by-16-inch corner posts, eight 1-by-4-by-48-inch pieces for seat slats and facing supports, two 1-by-4-by-16-inch pieces and six 1-by-3-by-16-inch pieces for side supports and seat braces. Set a facing support upright and attach it to a 1-by-3-inch side support, then add opposite facing and side supports.
Turn the seat upside down and set each leg in its corner tightly against the facing support between the side support and first seat brace. Check for level before attaching, then attach the two 1-by-4-inch side supports, fitting them between the overlapping ends of the front supports. Having that many chairs on such a small balcony would have been cumbersome, so instead I decided to build simple wood benches to make a corner booth.
I saw your video on youtube where you used shoe boxes to make your bench, did the wood not work?
I ran my idea by Spencer and he was totally on board so we loaded up the kids and headed to Home Depot for supplies. Feel free to purchase whatever kind of wood you would like, but I would highly recommend Cedar.
Since buying our home in 2007 we have had the saying that Spencer builds it and makes it work and Amanda makes it look good. Take each post one step at a time and your husband will totally be able to build your own!! Frustrated, I grabbed every can of stain I had from older projects and went all out with Epifanes varnish. Resourceful Victorians were responsible for the concept of outdoor furniture---seating and tables that were sturdy as well as attractive enough to use for social occasions. The tops of the side supports will be about an inch lower than the facing supports, which will protect the front and rear edges of the slats.


Attach each leg through both the facing and side supports with 2-inch deck screws or lag bolts. Attach a 1-by-2-by-48-inch strip to the back legs just above the seat slats as a back base and another at the top behind the corner posts to form a slight slant.
Dry-fit everything before permanently attaching so that any adjustments can be made easily.
Mark a 2-inch-deep curve with a metal or bendable plastic yardstick and copy the curve on each of the other pieces. It took us a couple hours during a couple afternoons to complete the project and we had a great time building it and staining it together.
If they know anything about Spencer then they know that we built it – but most people are still amazed! Was wondering though… What are the finished dimensions of the table, and how many adults can it sit? Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question. The wood garden bench is one piece of outdoor furniture that is easy enough to build in a weekend.
Before attaching the last leg, turn the seat right-side up again and add the last leg, adjusting so the seat doesn't "wobble" before attaching with 2-inch deck screws or lag bolts.
If they fit tightly together, sand the edges so there's a bit of space between them for water to drain. Trim two curved pieces at the ends so they fit against the front and back supports, allowing space for the first and last slats to sit snug.
Attach the next seat supports between the front and back, beginning 4 inches in from each side to leave room for the legs.
Space the two remaining 1-by-3-inch seat braces evenly across the rest of the space inside.
Add arms by increasing the height of the front corner legs to 24 inches (shorten the front slat 8 inches) and cut two 1-by-4-by-24-inch arms. Before attaching each brace with screws through the front or back supports, check that it allows the slats to sit level by laying a slat across the braces and sanding to make the top surface even if necessary. Attach 1-by-2-by-3-inch support blocks to each corner of the back, and attach the arm on top of the blocks and front corners with deck screws or rust-resistant nails.



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