Picnic table plans
Picnic table plans - as you might imagine, there are many designs for
picnic tables. I saw the one featured on this page at an RV park.
It is a good solid one-piece picnic table that is fairly easy to build.
|All-in-one Picnic Table Design
Building the all-in-one picnic table
Note: Before cutting any wood or building any part of these picnic
table plans, read through to the end of these instructions so that you can
visualize the finished product.
Power tools required:
Rough material list:
|2" x 6" Pressure Treated Pine @ 10'
||Top and table legs
|2" x 4" Pressure Treated Pine @ 10'
||Bottom support, table top framing & bench supports
|2" x 10" Pressure Treated Pine @ 10'
|2" x 10" Pressure Treated Pine @ 8'
|5/16" x 4" Carriage Bolts
||Bottom and top of table supports / bench uprights
|5/16" x 5" Carriage Bolts
||Mid point of table legs
|3" Galvanized Deck Screws
||Table top to framing / bench seat to uprights, etc.
|Picnic table plans (isometric view)
Of course, you can make adjustments to the dimensions of these picnic
table plans to fit your needs. The dimensions indicated are the
actual measurements from the picture I took of
the one at the RV park.
- Cut the four table legs from the 2x6s - with a Speed Square,
mark a 35 degree angle on one end of one of the 2x6s. Measure
34" from the first mark and mark another 35 degree angle. This
is the first leg. Cut it and use it as a pattern for the other
- Hold two of them together with the long points opposing each
other and make a mark in the center (as if you are making a large
pair of scissors). Drill a 3/8" hole in the center
through both legs.
Repeat these steps for the other table legs on the opposite end of
|Picnic table legs (assembly)
- Cut two 4" long blocks from ends of the 2x4s. Drill 3/8"
holes in the middles of these blocks. These will be used as spacers
to hold the leg sections apart.
- Take two of the legs and sandwich one of the 2x4 blocks in the
middle and bolt the three together with one of the 5" carriage bolts. Do
not tighten too tight.
- Open the legs as if you were opening a pair of scissors. Open
them until the 35 degree angle cuts are lined up straight.
When sitting upright, the bottom of the legs should be flat on the
|Picnic table legs (shown aligned correctly)
- Cut two 2x4s @ 26 inches. These will be used
to tie in the top part of the table legs, and also serve as framing
for the table surface. Cut a 45 degree notch at the bottom of
the 2x4s at both ends. Align the table legs so that the 35
degree angle cuts are parallel. (see diagram above) Attach the 26
inch 2x4 with the 4 inch carriage bolts. This will hold the
table legs in position.
- Cut another 2x4 60 inches long. This will be used to tie
in the bottom of the table legs as well as serve as support for the
2x10 uprights that form the bench. Center these 2x4s in
between the legs and
secure with 4 inch carriage bolts (see below).
|Picnic table legs with upper and lower 2x4s
- Cut four 14.5 inch length sections from the 8 foot
2x10. These will be used as the bench supports. Make a
notch 1.5 inches x 5.5 inches at one corner of each support (see the
- Tack the 2x10s into the lower 2x4s and drill/bolt them with 4"
- Cut two 2x6s at 54 inches. Screw them into the notches of
each bench support using the 3-inch deck screws (see below).
|Picnic table support (detail)
- After attaching the 2x6 braces on the bench supports,
the table should be standing up fairly straight. It may not be
perfect, but don't worry about that just yet - just so long as it is
- Cut five 2x6s @ 60 inches to use as the table top.
Starting at the middle of the table, center (both ways) and screw in
the middle 2x6 with the 3-inch deck screws.
- Before attaching the remaining 2x6s, cut two 2x4 braces @ 17" from
long point to long point as shown below.
|Picnic table brace
- On the underside of the centered table top 2x6,
measure over 12" from one of the table legs and make a mark.
Measure down 12" from the same table leg and make a mark on the leg.
Screw in one of the 17" supports such that the long points of the
brace line up with the two 12" marks (see side view below).
Repeat this on the other end of the table.
|Picnic table plans (side view)
- Screw in the remaining 2x6 table top boards working
from the center board outwards. Leave a 1/8 inch space between
- Cut the remaining 2x10 in two pieces @ 60 inches. Center
them and screw them into the bench supports as shown in the end
|Picnic table plans (end view)
Once all of the pieces are assembled and the table is square and
straight, tighten all of the bolts. The table should now be
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