Do-It-Yourself Picnic Table Tutorial

Like us, you’ve probably seen a lot of picnic tables in your life. But I think you’ll admit that this one gets a few extra points for the aesthetics. If you like it as much as we do, we figure you can make it for about a third of the cost of a store-bought picnic table.  So gather with your family and maybe a friend or two and get started. This sturdy looking picnic table will comfortably seat a whole family but if you need something bigger, there’s a three metre (10′) version shown here as well!

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It’s very easy to make as you can see from the provided plans, materials list, tools needed, and instructions. If you have a lot of big gatherings, you might even prefer to make two!

Materials:

  • 2×4 Lumber
  • m8 Threaded Rods and Nuts/Bolts
  • 80mm Wood Screws
  • Sander

Steps:

Start off with the benches. Cut wood pieces with measurements given in the below pictures. You can choose to mitre cut the corners of the bench seat (just like in the first photo here) or you can simply cut three equal measurements as shown in the metric plans here.

Sand wood pieces to get rid off the rough edges.

Assemble the benches with the screws and attach them to the connecting wood with threaded rods.

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Screw the connecting wood 2 inches from the ground.

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Now that you have the benches together, you can go next to the table, starting with the “X” legs. Form an “X” following the measurements given and mark the wood with a pencil. Make a groove with these marks which should be about 2/3 deep.

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Join them together and secure with wood screws. And then attach the table top.

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Lastly, connect the table with the bench set. The underside of the table’s legs should be level with the underside/edge of the connecting wood. Therefore, the “X” legs should also be 2 inches high from the ground.

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Imperial Measurements:

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Metric Measurements:

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Thanks drean, for the great idea!

Here are a couple of very interesting variations. The first is a three metre version with a third set of legs acting as centre support.

This three metre version would sit ten in comfort and 12 if you're all good friends :)
This three metre version would sit ten in comfort and 12 if you’re all good friends 🙂

 

The centre set of legs would add lateral rigidity as well as obvious support.
The centre set of legs would add lateral rigidity as well as obvious support.

 

The next variation would look wonderful at night but we wonder about the bright invitation for the neighbourhood bugs. Perhaps a drink well would be more practical – to say nothing of popular!

 

Light wells that might just be better as drink wells full of ice and...
Light wells that might just be better as drink wells full of ice and…
A bug attractor? The glare could also be a problem.
A bug attractor? The glare could also be a problem.

 

As you can see, the basic plan is very adaptable. What can you come up with to really personalize your table?

 

  • Thanks for the how to. It does have nice aesthetics.

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