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 go 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 table so pretty excited about this Oh 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 Cheers