This step by step woodworking project is about how to build a hexagon table. Building a hexagonal picnic table out of wood is a great project for any backyard, especially if you like to take dinner in open space, surrounded by trees and flowers. The best part of the project, is that it doesn’t require a large investment nor complex skills, as one might imagine at first glance.
If regular picnic table plans doesn’t suit your needs and tastes, you should take into account building a more complex structure, such as a hexagon or an octagon table. As you will see in this project, a hexagon table is a straight-forward construction process, but you need to plan everything with great care, taking into account all the angle cuts required for this project.
Always invest in the best quality materials you could afford, making sure the components are weather-resistant. Therefore, cedar, pine, redwood or pressure-treated lumber are excellent choices, as they have a beautiful natural finish and durable. In addition, we recommend you to drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the screws, in order to prevent the wood form splitting.
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Building a hexagon table
- A – 1 piece of 2l4mber – 72″ long, 2 pieces – 35 1/2″, 2 pieces – 35 1/4″ FRAME
- B – 6 pieces of 2×4 – 36″ long POSTS
- C – 36 pieces of 2×6 – 39 3/4″, 33 1/4″, 26 1/2″, 19 3/4″, 13 1/4″, 6 1/2″ long TABLETOP
- D – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 122 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 59 3/4″, 2 pieces – 60 1/4″ SUPPORTS
- E – 6 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 61″ long, 6 pieces – 54 1/2″ long BENCHES
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Use a good miter saw to make the angle cuts
- Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws
- One Week
How to build a hexagon table
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the frame of the picnic table. As you can see in the image, you need to use 2×4 boards and a very good miter saw, as there are many angle cuts that have to be made. Cut the ends of the red components at 60 degrees, while the yellow components should have one gable end, cut at 30 degrees. Add waterproof glue to the joint and insert 2 1/2″ galvanized screws.
The next step of the woodworking project is to attach the 2×4 posts to the frame of the tabletop. Cut both ends of the posts at 30 degrees and adjust their size to your needs. Align them at both ends, drill pilot holes through the posts and through the frame and insert 3 1/2″ carriage bolts.
Attaching the 1×6 or 2×6 slats to the frame of the picnic table, using the pattern in the image. In order to create a professional result, we recommend you to cut both ends of the slats at 60 degrees. Drill pilot holes trough the slats and drive 2 1/2″ galvanized screws into the frame. Leave about 1/4″ between the slats and place a piece of plywood, in order to create consistent gaps.
The next step of the outdoor project is to build the frame of the benches. In order to get the job done in a professional manner, we recommend you to build the components form 2×4 lumber and to lock them together tightly with waterproof glue and galvanized screws. Place a spirit level on top of the supports, to check if they are perfectly horizontal.
As you can see in the image, you need to make several angle cuts, otherwise the components won’t fit together easily. It is essential to lock the components together tightly, using the information from the above diagram.
You should also adjust the height at which you attach the benches to your needs. Nevertheless, you should let about 15″ from the ground to the top of the bench supports. Make sure the supports are horizontal, by using a good spirit level.
One of the last steps of the project is to build the benches for the hexagon picnic table. As you can see in the plans, we recommend you to use 2×6 lumber and to cut both ends at 60 degrees. Align the slats at both ends, pre-drill the components and inert 2 1/2″ galvanized screws into the frame. Round the exposed edges with a router, if you want to enhance the look of the wooden structure.
Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. In order to get a professional result, fill the holes and the gaps with wood filler and let it dry out for a few hours. Check if there are protruding screws and fix this issue, if necessary.
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