Hexagonal Cedar Picnic Table

Cedar Picnic Table
Cedar Picnic Table

Only so you know on what am I spending usually the hot summer weekends, this post is about a picnic cedar table I built (commissioned by my wife) out of these six sided hexagonal picnic patio table plans

It took a while but I finally pit it together with a little help from my brother in laws. This thing is HEAVY!! The plan calls for whatever lumber you might find in your store. The day I went looking for lumber, red cedar was on sale so I decided to go with that.
It was much fun cutting the boards. The cedar smell was able to be detected from the street.
I found that you might need to juggle with the angles as I had to cut down a 1″ portion of one of the boards on each hexagon ring – starting with the bench and all the way to the middle of the table

But nevertheless it resulted in a beautiful deck table that can comfortably sit up to 16 people.

The Picnic Table



Table top

Picnic Table

Staining (in the true sense of the word)

We read on this subject and appears that people recommend staining the red cedar to extend its life – yes, even if it is cedar. Looks like cedar lumber is not what has been years ago.
So she went on and bought the most expensive Australian Timber Oil (for decks, railings, stairs and outdoor furniture) natural look made by Cabot, stained it, etc. It looked lovely!
But the real test came after 3-4 days when a rain was enough to add black stains to my beautiful red cedar:

After the first rain

Don't buy it!

Expensive Stain

Dark stains after rain

That’s enough to say that I don’t recommend using this particular brand on your beautiful outdoor furniture unless you like these dark water stains.

Not to leave on a bitter note, we really enjoy the table despite the stains – very big and gorgeous!

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19 thoughts on “Hexagonal Cedar Picnic Table”

  • Gabi!! Even a table!! You’re the master of ALL trades! The table looks beautiful. It would be cool to see a picture with people seated, because I have a feeling it is a lot bigger than what it looks like!
    Great job!

  • … and master of none as cliche as it sounds – lol. I get bored doing one thing pretty fast – hehe. That’s why cooking is so appealing, every time something new. I guess I’d have hard time working a chef in a restaurant doing the same thing over and over. Good point about a pic with a whole gang at the table. Got to do that soon as fall is being felt in Chicago already –

    thanks for the comment!

  • Gabi, a great job on building the table! It looks great. Sorry to learn of the water stains… that sucks. How many coats of the stain did you apply? I usually go for two coats. But, in any case, the table is still a fine piece of outdoor furniture and you should be proud of your handiwork! Now, can you come over and build one for us, too? 🙂

  • Cynthia!
    ooo – that’s a nice trade! Let me see – but it is so hard to choose something from your beautiful blog!!

    I did one coat – it should have been plenty. Since then I contacted Cabot – and their lab suspects pollution in the rain. They offered to refund the cost of the stain tho.
    Also they mentioned to let it weather through the winter and see what happens.
    So – if I come and build you one of these tables, can you pay me in food like Cynthia from your awesome Greek creations??

  • Wow!!! That’s beautiful!!!! I like the brick patio too!

    I’m inspired… maybe I’ll make one of those in the spring… got to get my house done first!

  • My friend, I would cook up some Greek food for you anytime you decide to come up for a drive! No need to build us a table. Instead, we’ll sit on the patio, smoke Cuban cigars and sip fine fFrench cognac. 🙂

  • so sad to see such a VERY nice hexagon picnic table gone to waste like that.It looked very,very nice until the australian timber oil was put on.You did an excellent job building it though,very nice! I’m making my own out of 2×4’s and not 2×6’s.Is it possible anybody? Anyone have a website that has made out plans just for 2×4’s instead? Any help/ideas will be appreicated,thkx!

  • I am thinking that you could scale the original down if you transpose it onto a CAD program (like Autocad or similar).

  • I’m around autocad alot,but not familair with it.I have a bunch of questions to ask ya,since you’re the one that made this table? I started working on mine tonight (cutting the boards up).I could use some good tips,besides NOT using aussie timber oil.My email addy is ohio1212,it’s my yahoo addy.Plz email me,I have a quite a few questions to ask you before I officially start going to work on mine.I don’t wish to mess up on anything.btw I’m using 2×6’s now and not 2×4’s.

    from ohio,Adam

  • Hi Adam – Sorry for the delay. You probably figured things by your own. The instructions I got off ebay have pretty good instructions although you will have to tweak with the dimensions a little, specially when you close the angle. A lot of improvisation I suppose depending on your sawing, etc.

  • Hi. I have just finished using the Cabot oil in Jarrah Brown on a teak bench and am NOW reading this and feeling a little nervous! I am wondering if things improved with time before I move the bench outside!? Thanks!

  • It’s winter here in Melbourne but I would love to have one for kids during Summer. What a nice picnic table! This would perfect in our yard when it is summer and I’m sure kids will love it too.


  • My son just built us a great patio. Lucky to have a landscaper in the family. We still don’t have furniture for it yet. I am going to do some research on cedar. This table would look great on it.
    Thank you!

  • Can you email me the plans you used for this? The link is dead from eBay… I’m currently in Kazakhstan visiting relatives and they want me to build this for them seeing as I’m a carpenter, your help would be greatly appreciated!

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