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Picnic Bench - half price now £49.99 at Homebase

DiscoRhino Avatar
6y, 6m agoFound 6 years, 6 months ago
Picked one of these up today instore. Haven't assembled it yet due to the weather, but it looks like fairly solid wood.

Not sure if it's worth the original £99.99 price tag, but for £49.99 it suits my needs.

From the website:
* This Waxed Plain Picnic Bench makes outdoor dining fun.
* Features: Table and 2 attached benches.
* Material: Pine.
* Dimensions in cm: (H)72, (W)148, (L)131.
* Self-assembly: 2 people recommended.
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#1
9x 2Mts of Decking 8Mts 4x2 (planed) and six bolts.

Built mine in about 1 Hour and it cost about £30.00 for one twice as strong and a lot bigger.

Good price for a kit tho.
#2
been this price for a while, solid enough
#3
a Picnic Boo Boo, i can see your not an average bear lol
#4
Pine - unless you spend time treating it at least once a year it will soon rot away.

Spend the extra and get one made of Western Red Cedar - it'll last you at least 40 years without having to waste any time and money treating it.
#5
Newbold
Pine - unless you spend time treating it at least once a year it will soon rot away.

Spend the extra and get one made of Western Red Cedar - it'll last you at least 40 years without having to waste any time and money treating it.


i thought about this too, would treating it take a long time? Surely a picnic table like you are referring to would be over £500
#6
jamesdew;8576528
i thought about this too, would treating it take a long time? Surely a picnic table like you are referring to would be over £500


Long enough to be a real pain every year - and with no guarantee that it will provide proper protection unless you're very careful to use the right treatment.

Western Red Cedar, though, needs no treatment at all - though it will go a naturally silvery grey colour. We've had two picnic benches since 1982 and they're still going strong.

Shouldn't cost anywhere near £500. As a guide, there's one on eBay now for £145 with free delivery (no, it's not me selling it!). ;-)
#7
very nice, good price!
banned#8
rizla01
9x 2Mts of Decking 8Mts 4x2 (planed) and six bolts.

Built mine in about 1 Hour and it cost about £30.00 for one twice as strong and a lot bigger.

Good price for a kit tho.


You're not wrong - you might as well go the proper DIY route.

I bought this two weeks ago and although it is very sturdy and very good quality, it is what you may call 'flat pack to the extreme'.
And one tip; ignore the "L" and "R" stickers they put on the legs and leg supports. They are NOT correct. Had to dissemble half way through and start again.
#9
B&Q are doing a treated one for £54.99, which would work out cheaper if you got one of the 10% discount cards at the start of the month.
#10
Thanks :)
#11
B&Q model just about 10 times better IMO>>> Actually, it simply is better and anyone will see it once compared. Homebase one is flimsy in comparison. Hence, if you can squueze a fiver from your budget, do yourself a favour for some quality. Ciaw!!! NB: Cold from me on this one-sorry.
#12
I've hot the B&Q one and it's fab, really well made and strong
#13
leritz;8576950
B&Q model just about 10 times better IMO>>> Actually, it simply is better and anyone will see it once compared. Homebase one is flimsy in comparison. Hence, if you can squueze a fiver from your budget, do yourself a favour for some quality. Ciaw!!! NB: Cold from me on this one-sorry.


thunderstruck;8577076
I've hot the B&Q one and it's fab, really well made and strong


Still softwood, though, and needs regular treatment to stop it rotting. :thumbsup:
#14
Saw these in B&Q for 50 quid too, those looked good quality
#15
Newbold
Still softwood, though, and needs regular treatment to stop it rotting. :thumbsup:


...not every year though. That's a gross exaggeration imo. Every 3-4 would be fine.
#16
robo989;8577721
...not every year though. That's a gross exaggeration imo. Every 3-4 would be fine.


I think you'll be in for a nasty surprise if you don't treat it annually. These cheap tables are made from softwood, and they rot very easily and quickly. Hardwood costs more, but it's far better value in the long run.
#17
Teak or Red Cedar garden furniture will be better than any of the other softwood furniture but the initial cost is greater, even thogh lifetime cost probably isn't.

Buying off ebay can be hazardous as to source of wood but we bought our teak set a few years ago and have been pleased. Ocassional treatment with oil and you can just leave it out
#18
These are the same price in Argos.

The labels aren't the wrong way round, you just had it back to front!.
It would be easy to build, but the instructions are a bit vague in places, had to reassemble a few bits twice.

Untreated it will probably last 4-5 years (My last one did, and it was left outside, never covered, in Scotland so there).
Might be worth treating it for finish though, but that can take a few hours.
banned#19
retrogameskid
These are the same price in Argos.

The labels aren't the wrong way round, you just had it back to front!.
It would be easy to build, but the instructions are a bit vague in places, had to reassemble a few bits twice.

Untreated it will probably last 4-5 years (My last one did, and it was left outside, never covered, in Scotland so there).
Might be worth treating it for finish though, but that can take a few hours.


Argos and Homebase are the same group.
One of the legs had L (left) but wasn't the correct leg for the supporting frame that had L (left) on it.

If you're buying one of these, you've been warned!
#20
Picked 2 of these up today with 15% off and an extra 10% off from the card they gave me a couple of weeks ago.

Bargain.

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