First Project of the Spring - Kid's Picnic Table

Now that spring is upon us, it's a good a time as any to get outside and start building stuff. Spring is the time when things get done, and this year is no exception. I find myself with a fairly hefty to-build list. Everything from a 3rd box garden (gotta separate out the tomatoes this year) to a large set of bookshelves to bring focus to one end of the dining room. First on the list, though, was a picnic table for my son:

I set out to build a little picnic table for my son.

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Supply prep and table-top cutting.

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Each tabletop piece should be the same, right? Right?

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Putting together the table-top

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Completed table-top

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Table has legs! Leg supports cut and ready to go on.

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Leg supports on. Hard to do with only 2 hands, but the squeeze clamps came in handy.

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Mounting the first seat board.

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Completed table!

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Filled all of the holes, including a knot hole in one seat, with wood filler.

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First test subject approves!

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Completely sanded and ready to be primed!

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Completed, painted table. Plans for this table (and many, many other projects) can be found at:

I don't have a huge workshop or anything, and actually, the space in the house I've been using for such things is directly under my son's room. So much for working on projects while he's napping... For this, and likely the rest of my projects, I found that our garage works fairly well. I could use a table up there so that I'm not bending over for everything, so there's some room for improvement.

This was my first time trying plans from Ana White's Knock Off Wood. I'm not the least bit ashamed to admit that I followed plans from a site meant mostly for women who haven't built anything before. Why? Because the plans are excellent and the results are great. My only beef is that her prices for wood are low by at least 50%, so whenever I'm considering building something, it's much more expensive than she lists. Sure, wood is always going to be pricier in Boston than in Alaska, but I digress.

I'm really happy with the table. It came together in about 3.5 hours not including painting time, and my son loves it. That's the real test, of course.

Apr 19th, 2010