We made two of the Picnic Table to Bench units in the month of March. The second one is in the bottom part of the picture hidden by the wood rack. I took the picture from our upstairs porch. My husband is still amazed that we accomplished this. He is not a DIY'er. We built a new house in 2016 and had a bunch of leftover wood sitting on our (unfinished) basement floor. We managed to build our benches mostly from that wood. We did have to buy 3 more pieces to finish the second back/tabletop. Then we got the balance of the wood moved out to our storage barn. The color is deck stain from our porches. I chose 20 hours as our time frame because the used wood required a lot of sanding and prep work. Our time frame was probably about 3 weeks but we are 68 and 73 years old and were really in no hurry. The plans were very simple to follow. We made them 6 feet long.
Built from Plan(s)
Nearly free except for the big bolts and three 2x6x8ft boards. We had everything else.
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Varies as it was all used wood, but mostly pressure treated if we could confirm the stamping on it. We did have to rip down some pieces that were bigger than 2x6.
Solid deck paint from Lowes in a cedar color we already had.
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