Picnic Table to Bench

We had purchased a folding picnic table a few years back but at a recent get-together my elder daughter’s friends managed to break it. They also managed to crack a glass pane, more details about that fix here.

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So instead of just throwing it away, I decided to see if I could salvage anything make it into a fixed bench that I could keep on the deck. This piece while it was functioning used to transfer from a bench to a picnic table, was pretty slick. The previous one was something like this.

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This was my starting point, dis-assembled everything that I possibly could.

This is the backside of the seat portion. Had to re-position the end-blocks under the seat which were holding the planks together. Also trimmed the length of the seat planks to match the other set.

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Joined the 2 seats, with 2 planks each to make one seat with 4 planks.

Picture on the left shows how the legs were attached to one of the seats, re-positioned it as shown in the picture on the right. Moved them more towards the center.

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Seat done, now to get the backrest ready.

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Removed the brace holding the back, so that it better aligns with the seat and legs.

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Created a joint to extend the support brace and reattached it.

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attached the other back brace and secured the base/seat to the back as shown below.

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Bench was almost done, attached the hands as shown below.

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Doesn’t look professional, but does the job, hands-down.

That’s it, now I have additional seating on the deck.

 

 

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