In this woodworking project demonstration, George Vondriska teaches you how to build a picnic table and benches that you’ll be proud to use for all of your summer family gatherings. He walks you step by step through the entire process, showing you how to complete each of the necessary woodworking techniques, including selecting the material best suited for your conditions, cutting each of the parts to size, and preparing the skeleton for stacking and assembly.

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  • farshid

    very nice

    • George Vondriska

      Thanks

  • mkirshbaum

    Very nice video but you don’t address the measurement of the groove from the end of the upper and lower long boards. Do you have those measurements?

    • George Vondriska

      Thanks for pointing this out. It’s 8″ from the end of the long rail to the slot, and 2″ from the end of the short rail to the slot.

      • mkirshbaum

        Thank you

  • Longbranch

    Very nice. I’m going to make a half dozen of the benches for setting around the garden.

    • George Vondriska

      Great idea. Post a pic when you’re done.

      G

    • George Vondriska

      I’m also using them as stand along benches in my garden.

      G

  • bigeerazmus

    George, I really like the design, the interlocking aspect. I am going to offer from a six foot up to an eight foot, as some of the areas here have very small yards. I also would like to add that it is nice to see someone else having the same issues with bar clamps as I do. Nice items, but a pain to work with sometimes. We have all been there and done it ourselves.

    • George Vondriska

      Glad you like the design. It took some time to get it all figured out.

      Yeah, gluing and clamping can get troublesome, especially with big panels.

      G

  • dzhaughn .

    At 25:30, you use a fence and a miter gauge at the same time. Usually that’s a big no-no. Why is that safe enough in this case?

    • George Vondriska

      This technique can be used when it’s not a through cut. In other words, this can’t be done to cut pieces to length, but works when we’re simply using the fence as a stop block for dadoes.

      • dzhaughn .

        Thanks. I learned a lot from this video.

  • bjnew

    Is there a written plan for this table that a person could also follow? I downloaded the cut list, but plans would be great also. Thanks!!

    • George Vondriska

      Sorry, we don’t have printed plans for this one.

  • jack

    loved the vidio. but agree it would be nice to have the plans to down load

  • Mike Thornburg

    George, I noticed when you assembled the benches the rails lifted from the legs as you drove the screws. Normally predrilling keeps that from happening. A technique that can be use without the predrilled holes is to back the screw out just to clear the second board and while pressing the parts together redrive the screw. Great project, and really good job stepping through the assembly and offering all the tips along the way.

  • Sam Ames

    George, great stuff. Doing a similar almost identical table out of redwood. As a beginner with no jointer or planer, my biggest issue is getting a starting straight edge on the top boards edges. These long boards, even with picking the best ones, were difficult to get even a fair square glue up edge after removing the rounding, the edges just weren’t good. Curious what blade you used or how to get a straight line on such a long board. Thx