Don’t Know How To Build A Pinic Table? Here’s Your Guide

Summer is here, and I know you are thinking of spending time with family and friends. You don’t have to go to the park and have a picnic! I will take you step by step on how you can make a picnic table and enjoy it at home. It’s pretty easy and fun.

Before you make one, you should decide on what shape the table will assume. For purposes of instructions, the steps that I will lay out are for building rectangular picnic tables with detached benches.

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Materials And Tools That You Will Require

For making the table, it's paramount that you have the following materials:

Materials Require

  • Five 2 x 6 for the top surface of the table.
  • Four 2 x 4 (38’’) for making the table’s legs.
  • Two 2 x 4 (29’’) for making the leg cradle.
  • One 2 x 4 (29’’) for building the center bracket
  • Four 2 x 4 (38’’) for the leg brace.

For the benches, ensure you get these:

  • Eight 2 x 4 for the sitting surface.
  • Twelve 2 x 4 for the benches’ legs.
  • Six 2 x 4 (15’’) for the construction of leg cradles.
  • Four 2 x 4 (13’’) for making the leg brace.
  • Four 2 x 4 (15’’) for the construction of leg brace support.
  • The table legs have been inset at 18’’ while the outer legs of the benches are inset 12’’. The benches are comfortable however you can use 2 x 6 if you so wish. Similarly, if you require a larger table for more guests, you could have it at 36’’ width.

The quality of the lumber you get may vary on the same pallet. Therefore, be keen to select the best pieces of wood. Moreover, avoid lumber with rough edges.

Tools Requires

The tools and the accompanying nails are dependent on the dimensions of both the table and the benches. Consequently, the table is based on dimensions of 30’’ x 30’’ x 96’’ and the benches’ dimensions are 16’’ x 20’’ x 96’’. Since now we have our dimensions, get the following tools:

  • 17- 2 x 4 #2 Pine.
  • 2- 1lb box of 2.5’’ deck screws.
  • 5- 2 x 6 #2 pine.
  • 1qt deck stain or sealant.
  • 3pk foam brushes
  • 14’’ x 3.5’’ x ½’’ scrap hardwood board for spacers.

Step By Step Building A Picnic Table

Making The Bench Steps

• Since you have all the materials and tools you need, lay out all the lumber pieces. Start by selecting the best 2 x 4s and position them on the sawhorses. Place the sawhorses at the position you’d like to position the bench legs.

• Cut ¼’’ board to use as spacers. Then add the spacers and subsequently clamp the entire bench top surface together on both ends.

• Now you can start making the legs for your benches. On the surface of the bench, square, mark and clamp the two parts of the 2 x 4 to form a leg angle jig.

• Position the first leg you’ll mark on the jig such that it crosses the 2 x 4 jig at about ½’’ inside the top surface of the bench. Keenly mark the underside using a pencil in two places and use a straight edge to complete the line. Ensure the first leg is well fit in the jig and replicate this same procedure for the rest of the legs.

• To make the leg cradle, take a set of completed legs and erect them on the bench. Then place a 2 x 4 next to it and mark the length. Subsequently, mark the positions of where the leg meets the 2 x 4’’.

• To attach the legs to the benches, place the leg cradles on top of the benches. Place it at 12’’ from the ends to ensure the bench doesn’t tip when a person sits alone at the benches’ end. Since we are using a 96’’ piece of lumber, you could use a third set of legs at the center of the bench. To avoid splitting of wood, ensure that you predrill holes

Making The Top Table & & Assemblying Complete Steps

• To make the table top, follow the first step when you were making the benches. However, I ought to keep the spacers since they added value to the visual appearance of the table. We shall follow the same subsequent steps as per the benches. However, for ease let’s outline them.

• To assemble the legs for the table: On the surface of the bench, square, mark and clamp the two parts of the 2 x 4 to form a leg angle jig.

• Position the first leg you’ll mark on the jig such that it crosses the 2 x 4 jig at about ½’’ inside the top surface of the table. Keenly mark the underside using a pencil in two places and use a straight edge to complete the line. Ensure the first leg is well fit in the jig and replicate this same procedure for the rest of the legs.

• To make the leg cradle, take a set of completed legs and erect them on the table. Then place a 2 x 4 next to it and mark the length. Subsequently, mark the positions of where the leg meets the 2 x 4’’.

• Once you have completed the above step, add leg bracing. The bracing done on the bench differs from the table. For the former, outside legs are fitted with a single brace running at an angle of 45 degrees. It’s supported by a crosspiece connecting the pieces to the top of the bench.

• For the table, to have a common intersection for all the braces, at the midpoint, place one support and to get the best fit, mark and cut the angles individually.

• Your picnic table is now set for use!

Conclusion

Albeit it seems technical, go through the steps again as your pay attention to the details. Building the picnic table isn’t quite a hard feat to accomplish. All you need is the determination to see through the project. Moreover, ensure that you have all the essential tools and proper materials to build a robust table. It’s important that if you have any more questions on how to make one that you seek further information from professionals. For instance, you could consult the local carpenter. I wish you luck as you take on this quest!

Feature image and step images resource: youtube.com

Jose A. Brown
 

Jose A. Brown is a mechanic engineer and an enthusiastic blogger whose mission is to provide the readers with the best tips, guides in the Home Improvement, DIY Project, and Industry.

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