Treated wood picnic tables are designed to be long-lasting, even when exposed to harsh weather conditions. The main purpose of sealing the table is to protect you and your family from the potentially harmful chemicals that are sometimes present in treated wood. It is quick and easy to apply a sealer to make sure your new picnic table is safe.
Prepare your picnic table for sealing by removing all dirt, dust, debris and oil with a soft-bristled brush. Mix an environmentally friendly cleaning solution with water in a bucket. An oxygen-based cleaner is free from harsh chemicals and will not damage the surrounding lawn. Read the manufacturer's instructions before use.
Apply the cleaning solution to the picnic table, using a stiff brush. Work in sections, rinsing each one with a garden hose before moving on to the next. Leave your table to dry.
Test a polyurethane sealer on a small, inconspicuous area of the table.
Apply the sealer to the entire table, using either a brush or a roller. One coat should be sufficient, but apply two coats to the end grain for higher protection.
Leave the table to dry in a sheltered location.
Repeat the process once per year.
Determine how tall you want the table legs to be. Are they for a coffee table, or a tall kitchen table? Measure out in inches with the measuring tape how tall you want each leg to be. If you are building a table, this is not as big of a concern because you can build the table after the legs. But if you're building legs for a tabletop that is already constructed, it depends on the type of wood, style and how sturdy they need to be. With these measurements, buy four pieces of wood that are 2 inches by 2 inches.
Sand each table leg into the design of your choice. Make sure the top of the leg is sanded into a square or round shape where a hole can be drilled in the center. Add curves, clawed feet, ridges or patterns. Make sure each leg is smooth of splinters and shaped identically.
Take each table leg and drill a hole 1inch down from the top of the table leg where it will be attached to the bottom side of a table. You will eventually insert this into the underside of a table, where it will be screwed onto an already attached nail or screw.
Finish with the type of varnish, stain or paint you desire. Make sure the legs stand evenly and are the size and sturdiness you need to hold up your tabletop.
Place the tarp underneath your pool table, and use it to help you slide your pool table onto the carpeting without damaging the table or the fibers on your carpet.
Remove the tarp from underneath the pool table once you have it positioned properly in the room.
Place a level along all four sides of the pool table, looking to see which sides of the pool table may need leveling.
Slide wood shims underneath any legs you need to lift until your levels tell you that all four sides of the pool table are level.
Place a marble in the center of the pool table, and watch to see if it begins rolling in any direction. If it stays in the center of the table without moving, you are finished. If it rolls in any direction, place additional wood shims under the legs on that side of the table until the marble stays still in the center of the pool table.
Measure your pool table and write down the dimensions. Standard tables are 8 feet long, but tournament tables are longer (9 feet) while bar tables are shorter (7 feet).
Visit a billiards store and purchase a pool table cover that fits your size pool table. Billiards stores have several options, including leather covers that fit over the table and foam inserts that fit into the playing surface of the table. Both options cover the felt and protect the table.
Cover your pool table and pull up dining chairs. With the cover in place, you can eat at your pool table. When you want to play pool, pull the chairs back and remove the cover.
Soak up as much of the beer as possible using a white cloth if the stain is fresh. For dried beer stains, proceed to step 2.
Wet a clean cloth with white vinegar and gently sponge the beer stain. Continue until the beer stain is lifted from the pool table felt.
Purchase a pool table cleaner from a local pool table retailer if any traces of the stain remain. Spray the cleaner on the beer stain, wait several minutes and blot with a damp cloth until the stain is gone. Blot with a clean damp cloth to rinse the cleaner from the pool table felt. Allow the area to air dry.