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Followed the plans except for the slight modifications I did. Instead of using 2x2's for the frame I used 1x2 poplar. I just kept adding frame pieces until I reached my desired width. Thanks for the plans!
Instead of using 2x2's I used 1x2's and just kept adding sections until I reached my desired width.
Outdoor UV block clear.
I modified the benches to make stools. They work great. The plans were very easy to follow and it looks awesome in the backyard...just in time for the winter, haha.
About $60 for the stools and $50-60 for the table.
Approx 3 days...took me longer because I couldnt do it all at one time. :)
Wonderful set of plans. Easy to follow. Easy to modify if you need to, as I did in my case. Results are very pleasing.
Eh, about $175, give or take
About 4 Weekends plus a little after work a few nights for sanding and staining.
Well, there are a couple....
1. I don't like that the crossing legs on both the benches and the table were actually cut in half and attached. Therefore, I cut dado cuts into both cross pieces, glued and screwed them together for added stability.
2. My wife is an Italian and likes to have big meals with lots of peeps. Therefore, I modified the plans to push the table and benches to 8ft long rather than the original plan which is 6ft. I used a little flair in the center of the table to add the additional 2ft and break up the long lines that 8ft boards would have created. In doing so, I had to add some additional bracing on the underside to make it a bit more sturdy to support the extra length. But I didn't have to add a center support leg system.
I used the same finish as the builder John because I like the way his photos turned out. I was not disappointed in the least. Two coats of Behr transparent weatherproofing all in one finish. Cedar natural tone