Hexagonal 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.
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:
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!