Reader Showcase: John’s Chesapeake Picnic Table and Benches

08.08.13 By //
picnic table and benches

Had some difficulty getting the angles of the supports just right but eventually it all fit together well.  The stain turned out better than I had anticipated when I first started applying and hopefully will stand up to years of outdoor New England weather.  These are great plans and result in a very solid table and benches!

Estimated Cost


Length of Time

Four weekends


No modifications except for the hole for the umbrella

Lumber Used


Finishing Technique

Two coats of Behr transparent weatherproofing all in one finish.  Cedar naturaltone

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