PICNIC TABLE THAT CONVERTS TO BENCHES ~ Cedar Finish

Submitted by Tonya P on Mon, 06/10/2013 - 19:50

I saw a type of this for sale at Costco for $109 (for just ONE bench, not a pair). It' looked nice, and I almost bought it, but it had metal legs and trim and I wanted more of a natural look to go with my Cedar theme that I have going in my back yard garden/patio/greenhouse area.
After seeing it in the store, I did an online search to see if I could find something a little more organic in nature... imagine my surprise when Ana's version of the bench/table came up! I looked over the plans and thought... well, I made the modified Farmhouse Table via her excellent instructions, I can surely do this!
I did make a small change, I cut small pieces of wood to use as stops for the backs of the benches, instead of using holes and bolts to hold the backs at an angle that is comfortable. You can see this in the pictures, they are just beyond the back of the seat boards, on the leg supports.
Thank you Ana! It was easy, quick, and they look SO good on my patio. I will be making more, maybe even selling a few because so many have asked me if I might :)
I figure the cost was about $65 for both benches. A great deal and a fun project! Patrick really has to refrain himself from wanting to "help" me, but I am determined to do it myself... and low and behold! With Ana's generous free plans and inspiration, no problem!

Estimated Cost
$65 for the two
Estimated Time Investment
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Type of Wood
Treated Lumber
Finish Used
Cedar Stain. The project was not stained until the benches dried out for several days. They were built using green treated lumber, so they needed to dry out well before staining.
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner

Comments

Kabarie

Wed, 07/17/2013 - 13:11

Oh, great job!! I love it. The back stops for the bench is a great idea because those bolts are expensive! I'm going to do the same. Thank you for the idea!

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