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151' picnic table
« on: April 17, 2009, 04:34:31 PM »
Some of you may remember that last spring I was boasting that I was going to build the new world record picnic table. Well I built it but Guiness didn't see fit to call it a record. So I call it the worlds longest picnic table that is longer than their record.


This is a view showing construction.




This is the completed table, all 151' long.  I remember it took 1200 screws, that were countersunk and plugged, and 400 galvanized carriage bolts. I can't remember the board  feet used but I think it was around 1200.



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Re: 151' picnic table
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2009, 05:24:27 PM »
Thats pretty dogone neat.
Why wouldn't they recognize it as a record?
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Re: 151' picnic table
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2009, 05:35:55 PM »
I'd hate to have to move that thing for mowing!

yeah, what's the deal with guinness?
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Re: 151' picnic table
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2009, 06:18:55 PM »
Here is a cut and paste quote:

Dear Mr Schaefer,

Thank you for sending us the details of your recent record attempt for 'Longest Picnic Table'. We are afraid to say that we are unable to accept this as a Guinness World Record.

We require the longest picknick table to be made from one piece. It is not acceptable to merely line up a lot of tables.

Guinness World Records has absolute discretion as to which Guinness World Record applications are accepted and our decision is final. Guinness World Records may at its discretion and for whatever reason identify some records as either no longer monitored by Guinness World Records or no longer viable.

As your record application has not been accepted, Guinness World Records is in no way associated with the activity relating to your record proposal and we in no way endorse this activity. If you choose to proceed with this activity then this is will be of your own volition and at your own risk.

Once again thank you for your interest in Guinness World Records.

Yours sincerely,

Kristian Teufel
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When I started this I read the specifications for world records and they stated that any attempt at largest of  something needed to be made like the normal one. That is what I did as I have made 100's of these in 6 and 8 foot lengths.
They knew what I was atttempting but never once told me it had to be one piece.
After I was turned down I called the, then, record holder and he said he splined the end of  the boards together so I guess that is what they expected me to do, although didn't say so from the start. I briefly thought about making that change but since all the boards are put in with counter sunk screws with wood plugs glued and sanded flush it was just more than I was willing to do.

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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2009, 06:20:54 PM »
   You must have a Big family. ;D  What are you plans for it?

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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2009, 06:28:26 PM »
The idea was for the town to use it  as a draw for visitors and then when the record was broken they were going to cut it up to use around the park.

I also wanted to use it as a marketing tool for a business of selling plans to a jig system I developed to make these in various sizes.
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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2009, 06:41:05 PM »
That's impressive.  8)
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Re: 151' picnic table
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2009, 07:08:39 PM »
That's Harrison, Michigan Forestry Forum Pig Roast sized. Fun to see.    8)

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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2009, 08:39:42 PM »
Probably ought to bring it to the pig roast.
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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2009, 08:42:10 PM »
i think the pigroast would have to go to that....

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« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2009, 11:48:17 PM »
Maybe a  West Coast Roast and Oregon beer tasting picnic.  I like beer better than wine, although there are lots of winerys around  this area.
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« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2009, 06:42:01 AM »
Seems they either caught onto what your intentions were when they saw the doubled up end supports, or they thought you actually stacked several tables end to end. ;D

An impressive table, you need a big bar-b-que. Got enough smoked salmon or elk? ;D
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« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2009, 10:25:30 AM »
Neat!! , wonder how long to pass the salt from one end to other end? ???


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« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2009, 12:35:09 PM »
You could speed that up with text messaging Dave.  pls ps slt   :D :D
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« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2009, 10:45:42 PM »
Steve, seems like we could start a protest of Guinness or something.  Maybe get everyone on here to email or write or call.  Just a thought.  Guess this tea party stuff has me in a protest mood ;D

By Gosh we'll start the Forestry Forum Book Of All Things Forestry World Records. 

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Re: 151' picnic table
« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2009, 01:44:39 PM »
fishfarmer

Thanks for the thought but I don't think emails or calls would do anything. That is a very busy organisation. I really didn't use any sleep over not getting the record. The city paid for materials and my son and I put it together.
I talked to the guy whose record I was trying to break and we used the same construction exactly, except for the splines between boards. He even cut his apart and sold the smaller tables for a fund raiser.


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