Thursday, April 2, 2015

Picnic Table

It has been a long time since there was a picnic table on my little third acre.  Oh,  there are plenty of inviting benches and places to rest, opportunities to just sit and be and there are tables I have made all over the place, spots for freshly picked vegetables.  But for some strange reason it has been decades since I have had a picnic table, a purposeful place that invites the sitting down and sharing a meal.
I have built them for customers, big ones, solid plank tables, round ones.  I have thought of the future gatherings around these creations of mine, the food shared and conversations both whispered and shouted.  Music, laughter, outside happiness.
Two legs!  Table waiting for concrete top.
   My retirement is not exactly as I would have predicted it and I have been far too busy.  The off and on rainy and sunny days of Spring are giving the garden a jump start and it is calling me outside with things to pick already, flowers blooming and scent of life filling the air.  Yesterday I found the perfect place to plant a picnic bench and as I was building it imagined sitting there with invited guests.  This is a "forever table", about 3' x 7' and supported by two pedestal legs buried two feet in the ground and surrounded with concrete.  It has a 2" channel iron surround and a base of 1/2" concrete board inset to contain the concrete I will pour on a nice sunny day.  I will etch the concrete once cured with green and olive and brown stains and seal it, making a smooth table top that could support about a hundred people and comfortably seat 8 to 10.  Soon I will make the benches using the same construction techniques.  It will be here for awhile.
 1/2" rebar to make it even stronger!


Clipped Wings said...

Sounds like it will be very nice when it is finished.

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