I'd love to build a picnic table from scratch, but I'm not sure how hard it will be, or if I would save enough money to make it worth my time. I enjoy wood working, but DH doesn't, and I'd need his help. What wood is best? Hate the idea of using treated lumber when it's something you're going to be eating on, but don't want it to rot. Redwood would be nice, but pricey. That leaves pine. The table will sit on a concrete patio, so unless it rains, it won't be sitting in water or wet ground. Also, is it better to paint or stain? The table would be stored inside for winter. I have a compound miter saw, router, and cordless and corded drills, so equipment wise, I'm good. I haven't picked out a specific plan, but I know there's oodles available on the net. I would want it to be eight feet and have benches separate from the table. Any thoughts or comments would be welcome.