Build a Picnic Table with Advantage Ipe

May 18, 2016 11:26 am
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Advantage Ipe – Using Ipe to make a Picnic Table

If you’ve finished building your deck and have extra deck boards laying around, or just want to add a new piece to your home, building a picnic table from Advantage Ipe can be a fun and creative DIY project. Ipe’s strengths make it a great option to build a table with. It’s a long lasting wood, with a lifespan on 75+ years. It can resist wood rot, mold, decay and termites. Ipe resists splintering as well and with an occasional surface washing Ipe will stay clean and smooth for many years to come.

This project can be adjusted as you see fit to make the table in any way you desire. For our table though here are the tools we used:

  • Miter saw
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Screwdriver
  • Carpenter’s square
  • Safety glasses
  • Sander
  • Pocket hole jig kit
  • Stainless steel screws

Once you have your tools and materials together we can get started on building our table.

First we’ll build the supports for the table. Using the 2”x 2” balusters, we can make the legs of the table. To attach them together we will use the 1” x 4” boards, placing one at the top and one towards the bottom of the legs. You will need to predrill the holes for the boards, and you can apply a healthy amount of wood glue which will help keep them in place. Once we have a pair of supports, we can attach them together using two longer 1” x 4” boards. This will also provide support for the table top.

We’ll also need to use a 2” x 2” baluster between the lower set of 1”x 4” boards on the legs, to help add support to the table.

Next you can align the boards for the table top, using 2 1” x 6” boards on the outside and 3 1” x 4” boards in the middle. On the underside of the table top, attach 2 1” x 4” boards to connect everything together. You can use IPE clips to help keep the boards for the table top evenly spaced while drilling in the boards on the underside.

Now that the table is finished we can work on the benches. For this part we’ll be using the 5/4” x 8” boards. Cut the ends of the boards so that we can use the smaller pieces as legs for the benches. Once the legs are attached, we can attach a 1” x 4” board in between the legs to add support to the bench and prevent bowing.

Once that is finished we can insert IPE plugs into any drilled holes to give the project a seamless beautiful look. You can saw down the excess part of the plugs that sticks out.

Now that construction is complete we can sand the whole project down to make it smooth to touch.  Once sanding is complete we can use IPE oil to add a beautiful finish to the whole project.

Now you have a beautiful Picnic table that will be a great addition to your yard or deck and you can rest assured knowing it will last a lifetime.