Friday, November 14, 2008
Wooden Picnic Tables
Our wooden picnic tables are very popular, offering economy and function. All wooden picnic tables are ACQ (non-arsenic) treated reducing any material rot due to climate or insects. These wooden picnic tables will initially have a greenish tint that will age to a silver gray. Most frames are galvanized to reduce rust and corrosion.
Many can come equipped for a surface mount or in ground mount. A variety of them are made of redwood and coated with a sealer. The sealer gives it a natural color and preserves the material. It is necessary to re-coat it periodically to maintain the great look of the wooden picnic tables.
Contemporary Wooden Picnic Tables
A picnic table (or sometimes a picnic bench) is a modified table with benches expressly for the purpose of eating a meal outdoors (picnicking). In the past, picnic tables were typically made of wood, but modern tables can be made out of anything from recycled plastic to brushed metal. Picnic tables have been used for centuries and by people all over the world. The most popular form of picnic tables are wooden. Wood picnic tables have many benefits but also carry some weaknesses.
The type of wood used makes a big difference in the quality of the table, and how long the table will last. Wood tables do require a medium amount of maintenance including some soap and water occasionally. If wood tables are left out without any care they will begin to mold and the wood will start to discolor and lose its form. Warping is a major problem associated with wooden picnic tables. In order to help combat the problem many manufacturers are using pressure treated wood.
Over 70 years ago, Dr. Karl Wolman invented the process of infusing preservative deeply into wood products. Today, a giant industry has grown up around his quest to invent a wood that can last forever. Pressure treating is a process that forces a chemical preservative deep into the wood. The wood product is placed into a humongous cylindrical holding tank, and the tank is depressurized to remove all air. The tank is then filled with the preservative under high pressure, forcing it deeply into the wood. The tank is then drained and the remaining preservative reused.
The wood is removed from the tank and prepared for shipment to your local lumberyard. This process helps protect the wood from insects, vermin and fungus giving it an additional 20 years of service.The frame is also important when selecting which table will work best for you. Generally speaking picnic table frames are either bolted together or welded together. The welded style provides a little bit of additional strength. Also the size of the tubing of the frame makes a big difference. Picnic table frames are either 1 and 5/16” or 2 and 3/8”. This give you a couple options to help fit the budget.