How-To Build a Picnic Table Out of Logs

How-To Build a Picnic Table Out of Logs


Looking for a fun weekend project that will leave you with a functional and beautiful piece of outdoor furniture? Try building a pioneer style picnic table, they are rustic, sturdy, effective, and will last for years. If you have a bush lot, all you’ll need is a chainsaw, a hammer, and some nails. 3.5″ nails, and a few 6″ spike nails would be ideal. A hatchet is also a good thing to use to beat spike nails, and it’s also good for cutting off knots to help straighten the table boards. This is a pretty big job for one person, with little help, it took me about 12 hours to build, but I had to carry the logs a ways.


so today I am building a picnic table
out of logs what I'm going to do I'm

going to cut down a bunch of trees maybe
about six or seven inches in diameter

and I'm going to rip them which means
just cut them right in half

almost like splitting them with my
chainsaw and then I'm going to put

together a picnic table

all right two down probably 20 more to

ripping this tree here and I almost went
right through a nail I'm gonna have to

sharpen my chain again but somehow
there's just a really old nail right in

this tree see it's grown right is all
right so I have made a lot of sawdust I

got all the logs that I cut and holder
the bush ripped in half

and now I'm actually going to start
building the picnic table so what I'm

going to do now is I'm going to take all
the halves of the logs that I've ripped

and I'm just going to lean them up so I
can sort of view them all in one place

right now they're in a bit of a pile and
that way I can tell which board I'm

going to want to use for which part of
the picnic table the smaller pieces are

going to be the top of the table and the
really wide pieces can be the bench I'm

just kind of putting life sized pieces
together right now

want to get this

now to make another one of these so
that's the first one there and it looks

like we're going to have good amount of
wood left over and this is the second

one here so I just got to knock that out
and Hammer it together and then we

really got we're really going to have
what's starting to look like a picnic

so pretty excited about this


I made this notch here because the nails
I have aren't long enough to go through

this whole log so this makes it a little
thinner that way I can get the nails

through there into that log secure it
properly that's good that's in there

develop this on the show I test okay so
there we go we pretty much have the

makings of the a picnic table it's not
perfect but it's supposed to have a

rough kind of look to it anyways
and I'm going to do a few more things

I'm going to nail it all together and
cut the ends off with a chain saw

it's going to be heavy so where it's
going to we want to put it where it's

going to stay forever I call this video
the Pioneer picnic table planning

yourself chain saws pioneers with chain
saws time-traveling pioneer tape -

chainsaw table okay I just had to cut
all this

okay the table is all nailed down and we
have the two brace pieces underneath it

just to keep it from rocking from side
to side because it's pretty long table

and now the only thing we have left to
do is cut it down to size so I'm just

going to try to cut all of these the end
sticking out flush and then we will have

a completed picnic table so we're about
this close to being completely done

I'm not


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Jim Baird is an Adventurer, videographer, writer, photographer, and talent. His previous rolls include extensive work with a map company as well as guiding and prospecting. Jim has shot video for Cineflix productions, BBC Worldwide, 13 Minds, and The Weather Network US. He's produced video series such as “The Kesagami River Solo” and “Lessons From The Trail with Jim Baird”. Jim’s content has also appeared in print for several publications that include Explore, Canoeroots, Real Fishing, Ontario Out of Doors, Outdoor Canada, Canoe & Kayak, and Field & Stream magazines. Jim is an expert woodsman, white-water canoeist, survivalist, and a bold wilderness navigator. His expedition experience includes a solo trip down the canoe eating rapids of the Kesagami and then along the tempestuous James Bay coat, an 800-mile snowmobile expedition across the Northwest Passage, 300miles above the Arctic Circle. A month long descent of the Northwest Territories Kuujjua River in the Arctic Archipelago, followed by 120-kilometers of paddling on the Arctic Ocean. He's also completed a 33-day canoe expedition via four rivers including the Adlatok in northern Quebec and Labrador.