Wedding Picnic Table

Submitted by leeannraye on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 06:27

I made this picnic table for my upcoming wedding with the intent of using it as our guestbook.  I'm hoping to have people sign, carve, and woodburn their names or a message on the table.  I painted the legs and supports white and stained the top and seats with a cherry stain.  I still need to put some finish on the whole thing, but overall I'm really happy with how it turned out.  And so are my dogs.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
about $70
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Finish Used
White paint and cherry stain
Recommended Skill Level



Mon, 04/13/2015 - 09:46

I love your idea for a picnic table as a guest book! There are several brags showing benches used as guest books on this site, but no picnic tables. Not wanting to sound like a know-it-all, I would caution you to use paint pens rather than a permanent magic marker if you have guests who aren't comfortable using a woodburning pen (such as an elderly person). Magic marker ink smears when you apply a finish over it. (I read a comment from a mom who made her daughter a guestbook bench. They used permanent magic marker, then applied a poly finish over it, which then ruined all of the signatures.)


Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:08

Thank you for your suggestion about the paint pens. I hadn't had much time to do research and was planning on just using sharpies. But now I can avoid making that mistake. :)

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