Arched Legs Picnic Table


I saw this project: and I liked it.
I also had saved some beams and 2×4 from a mezzanine that got tore down at work.
The idea was to use recycled material.
I learned a ton during this build. There has been a lot of frustration as well.
I am happy with the way it came out.

The rest is all in the blogs:

If you have any extra question please let me know.
I will answer as soon as I can as I will be travelling for the next 2 weeks.

Dimensions: 36″ × 70.5 X 30.5" (a little odd dimensions but had to trim a little)

Lumber: recycled Douglas fir, left over redwood and some redwood purchased at Lowes for the top.
If I have to do it again I will use cedar

Finish: left over helmsman spar urethane. Brushed on.
I will be installing cups on the bottom of the legs so that water does not wick in the legs.
I tried to account for wood movement as much as I could. If I forgot some, please let me know as this is mostly new to me.

Some pictures from the blogs:

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA


That is so nice. It came out brilliantly.

-- Alec (Friends call me Wolf, no idea why)

Looks great. Nice job and very unique. I hope you get many years worth of barbecues and family picnics out of it!

Losing fingers since 1969

right into the category of “master craftsman”… that’s what I say!!


Toxins Out, Nature In - body/mind/spirit

That looks really good Lanwater. Goes perfect in that yard setting.
You say your going to be gone for 2 weeks, better put that inside (I know where you live) lol
Have a safe trip.

PS. I like the thongs!

Figuring out how to do something you have never done is what makes a good challenge.

That’s pretty fancy for a picnic table , but why not . Great work .
P. S. Nice cargo shorts !

Thanks W&R! A long process due to inexperience mainly.

Thanks Brian!

MsDebbie, I am going back to cutting boards:) Thanks!

Bently! add 3 to the house number and go 3 streets parallel to the one you have and you will find me:) Honestly anytime, you will be welcomed. Thanks for all your help.

Thanks Moment! Now I know they are called cargo shorts:) They are comfortable and I get to put screws and tools here and there.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Very unique, elegant design! I’ll put this on my “future projects” list.

Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

One very nice piece of work Ian.
The laminations may have caused some stress but in the end they look great.

The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

Thanks Manitario. Please use better lumber. You will save yourself some grief.

Thanks for all your help Paul!
your input on the form was invaluable.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA


Something that nice shouldn’t be out in the weather! You really made that picnic table special!


“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

Thanks L/W.
I wanted contoured laminated benches; I kind of got anxious to finish it.

I will keep an eye on the varnish and refresh it on the first sign of wear.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

That is one sweet looking table! I’m a huge fan of natural looking grain, and that thing just pops!

Where are the band-aids?---Pro Libertate!

Looks good Ian ready for fun and food in the garden .

Thanks Monty and kiefer!

The table will have to wait a couple weeks to small the BBQ.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

this is a beautiful project, with some great challenges, and after all the work you have a beautiful table, this would be a lot of fun for me, i know it was a lot of work for you , but when your all done and can stand there and look at it…its a big WOW…. thanks Ianwater…

"the grizz" [''''']

Congratulations on the Awards win!!

Toxins Out, Nature In - body/mind/spirit

that is a VERY nice Picnic table!!


Abbas – this is truly a great piece. What a huge challenge and you conquered! Great.


Congratulations on your well deserved curved project win Abbas.

Mike, an American living in Norway

Right on Grizzman. It was a lot of learning as you go.

Thanks MsDebbie. I am honestly more impressed with your project. The hot iron was an eye opener. I never though of it.

Thanks Steve!

Thanks Jeff. I am going back to boxes and cutting boards for a while. Easier to manage.

Thanks Mike!

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA