Large Outdoor Tables for a Large Family
A large family will need a large picnic table. A six seater should be sufficient if not building 2 will be ideal and give you plenty of room. Below we will give you a couple of ideas and tips for building your own large picnic table.
Before You Start
Before you begin the task of building figure out how many people you need to accommodate. My household consists of 4 so a classic 6 foot long table was perfect. I do plan on building one more the same size for when guest come over. If you are a big person consider building a table with the benches detached.
Round and Octagon Tables
Another option can be building a round or octagon table. The design I like would be one with the seats not attached. The best feature about round or octagon is that playing cards or board games make them great. A round picnic table will fit a smaller family great. Also the appearance of a round table just looks better, to me anyway.
To get started go out and look for picnic table plans there are many available www.diygardenplans.net/diy-classic-picnic-table.htm and the details are great. Make sure to follow the details and pay attention to the materials you will need. You can calculate all the lumber and hardware before you begin. Many times the cost of paint or stain will not be mentioned on the plans so make sure to calculate that in.
The lumber most common will probably be pine because it is the most affordable. The type of pine available will depend on the area you live. This type of lumber is classified as a soft wood and it is used for many things such as framing houses.
It is a good idea to use pressure treated lumber on any parts that come in contact with the ground. If treated lumber is used in the top will you will come in contact with, be sure to paint that surface.