who has made the convertible picnic table & chair?

joljJune 10, 2012

I found it in THE BIG BOOK OF BACKYARD PROJECTS.

Designer Alan Michael Hester made a bench, the vertical back flips up to be a horizontal table top.

I have a clearing with a fire pit (logs) & would like to put in benches that we could eat on. My son had a Graduation bonfire with about 25 friends & we rented tables & chairs.

I want to have something that will last 25 years or so.

Tell me what you think.

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jolj

Not one person used this plan or know what I am talking about?

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 2:49PM
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daveswoodcraft

Hi
I don't know the exact plan that you are talking about but I have seen the benches that fliip in to a table and yo ucan put two together to get what looks like a tradiontal table.

There are a couple of things to think about if you want longevity in outdoor woodworking projects.

First is wood selection, I am not sure of your location but the wood type is critical! for long life I would pick either Wewster Red cedar, Redwood or white oak. To get 25 years from it you will still need to coat it with something and I would suggest a marine grade varnish with UV inhibitors. The bottom of the legs is wear the rot starts first becasue of ground contact so I would suggest putting down some crushed gravel and putting the feet on that so it is not siting directly on the ground.

Please feel free to ask any questions and I will help if I can.

I have a small side business where I build outdoor furniture, picin tables, benches adirondack chairs etc so I have some experience in this.

good Luck and I hope this helped

Dave Dionne

Dave's Woodcraft

    Bookmark   August 23, 2012 at 7:41AM
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jolj

Thanks Dave!
I live in Columbia, South Carolina.
I now think I will use the steel spikes that hold 4"X"4 post (Lowes for decks).
If this is stable, then repeat it.
Red or White Oak sounds good to me.
I may wait til Spring to complete this project.
But I will send you a photo or two, when it is complete.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 10:10PM
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