Picnic Table Plans
These picnic table plans are one of several types of all-in-one
picnic table designs. I saw this one at an RV park near
central Texas. It is a good solid one-piece picnic table that
is fairly easy to build.
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 and verify the material list. You also
might have scrap material of your own that you can use for some of the
smaller parts. These instructions and material list assume that you do not.
I think a better option for assembling this picnic table is to
build the table, as per instructions on
this picnic table plan, then add the Bottom Rail and Bench Sections.
You can decide for yourself after you read these instructions.
Note on Materials: In some cases the material list (below) specifies
using a 10' piece of lumber for two 5' table parts. Some new materials may
be 1/2" or so longer than their specified length, but some are not. Also,
lumber is sometimes split or damaged at the ends. If either is the case, you
may want to purchase the next size up. Alternatively, you can make the table
slightly smaller (i.e. 58" or 59" table top boards instead of the specified
Power tools required:
|2" x 6" @ 10'
||Top, Bench Support, and Legs
|2" x 4" @ 10'
|2" x 4" @ 12'
||Table Top Supports, Diagonal Braces
|2" x 10" @ 10'
|2" x 10" @ 8'
|3/8" x 3.5" Carriage Bolts
||Bottom Rail, Bench, Legs, and Diagonal Braces
|3/8" x 7" Carriage Bolts
||Mid Point of Table Legs and Diagonal Brace
|3" Galvanized Deck Screws
||Approximately 60 (minimum)
||Everywhere, except Table Top Brace
|2.5" Galvanized Deck Screws
||Approximately 10 (minimum)
||Table Top Brace
Picnic Table Plans
You can always make adjustments to the dimensions of these picnic
table plans to suit your specific needs. The dimensions
indicated are the actual measurements from the picture I took of the
one at the RV park.
- With a Speed Square, mark a 35 degree angle on one end
of one of the 2x6s (this leaves a 55 degree angle on the table
leg). 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 three.
- To assemble the table legs, hold two of them together (one on
top of the other) 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 remaining set of table legs.
- Cut two 4" long blocks from the 12 foot 2x4. 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 pieces together with one of the 7"
carriage bolts (as shown in the drawings). Do not tighten.
- Open the legs as if you were opening a pair of scissors, until
the 35 degree angle cuts are in line. When sitting upright, the
bottom of the legs should be flat on the ground. The two bottom and
top points of the leg assembly should be 26 inches apart at this
- Cut two 2x4s @ 26 inches. These will be used to tie
in the top part of the table legs, and 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, to the
top of the table legs, with the 3.5 inch carriage bolts. This will
hold the table legs in position.
- Cut two 2x4s 60" long (Bottom Rail). These will be used to tie
the bottom of the table legs together with the vertical 2x10 bench
supports. Center these 2x4s side-to-side, in between the table
legs. Secure with 3.5 inch carriage bolts (see below).
- Cut four 14.5 inch length sections from the 8 foot
2x10. These will be used as the bench supports.
- Screw the 2x10s into the lower 2x4s with deck screws (to hold
them in place) and drill/bolt them together with two 3.5" carriage
bolts per support.
- Cut two 2x6s at 51 inches. Screw them in between the two 2x10
bench supports (as shown in the diagram above) using three 3-inch
deck screws on each end.
- After attaching the 2x6 braces onto the vertical
bench supports, the table should be standing up fairly straight. It
may not be perfect - just so long as they are close.
- Cut five 2x6s @ 60 inches to use as the table top. Starting at
the middle of the table, screw in the middle 2x6 with the 3-inch
- Before attaching the remaining 2x6s, cut two 2x4 braces @ 21.25"
from long point to long point as shown below.
- On the underside of the 2x6 table top plank, measure
over 15" from the
inside 2x6 leg and make a mark. Measure down 15" from the
underside of the table top, on the inside table leg, and make
another mark on the leg. Screw in one of the 21.25" supports such
that the long points of the brace line up with the two 15" marks
(see side view above). Repeat this on the other end of the table.
Make sure that the entire picnic table structure is square and that
the two leg assemblies are in line with each other.
- Screw in the remaining 2x6 table top boards working
from the center board outwards. Leave a 1/8 inch space between each
- Cut the remaining 2x10 in two pieces @ 60 inches. Center them
and screw them into the bench supports as shown in the 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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