Vanessa's X Picnic Table Modified

Submitted by jessisnapp on Mon, 05/21/2012 - 15:05

This table was built using the Vanessa's X Picnic Table plans but made plenty of modifications to it. We used 3/4 thick boards and made the table 60 inches long instead of 71 3/4". We have a small dining room and wanted a table big enough for four people so this size worked for us. Since we made adjustments to the length we used less supports under the table top. We made the table top using pocket holes and only two joists were needed. We added extra support between the table top and the stretcher because the table wiggled more than I wanted it to. This nipped the problem in the butt! I knew I wanted to build this table but my concern was finding chairs to suit the table. I ended up getting unfinished chairs from Ikea for $19 a piece and finished them myself. I feel like this project took forever, but that table itself was assembled in a weekend. The finishing process took an additional weekend since we had to do the chairs as well.

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Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Finish Used
Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner, Minwax English Chestnut Stain, and Minwax Clear Semi-gloss Polyurethane
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