How to Build
a Picnic Table
WHAT YOU NEED FOR THE PROJECT:
- 2" x 6" @ 10 ft. [Qty: 7]
- 2" x 4" @ 10 ft. [Qty: 1]
- 2" x 4" @ 8 ft. [Qty: 2]
- 3/8" x 4" Galvanized Carriage Bolts [Qty: 12]
- 2 1/2" Galvanized Wood Screws[Qty: 100+/-]
Cut / Put Together Table Top
- Take three of the 10 ft. 2x6s and make five 60" long cuts with the circular saw. This will form your tabletop
- Take one of the 8 ft. 2x4s and make two 28" long cuts with the circular saw. These will be your braces
- Lay out the five 2x6s on a flat surface, making sure the ends are level with one another and tight
- Place the two 2x4s on opposite ends of the table, 7 1/2" from each end
- Attach 2x4s to the table top boards using your drill and galvanized deck screws"
When assembling the table top, make sure to put the prettiest side of each 2x6 facing down, this will be the top of your finished picnic table.
Cut / Put Together Legs and Bench Supports
- Using measuring square, mark angle 23 degrees on one end of a 2x6 and cut
- Using tape measure, measure 30" from the longer edge of the previous cut and mark another 23 degree angle. Cut parallel to first cut (Refer to Step 4 below)
- Take one of the 8 ft. 2x4s and make one 28" long cut with the circular saw
- Mark the 2x4 (A) 4" from each end. This is where the top of the legs will be positioned (See Diagram 2)
- Put legs (B) on 2x4 (A) as pictured in Diagram 2 below. Fasten with two galvanized wood screws for each leg
- Take one of the 10 ft. 2x4s and make two 60" long cut with the circular saw. These will be bench supports
- Using tape measure, measure 14 1/2" up from the bottom of each leg and mark with pencil. This will be where the bench supports go
- Take the 60" bench supports and line up the top with the marks you made in the previous step
- Make sure the bench supports are equidistant on each side and centered between each leg
- Using 2 1/2" wood screws, drill the bench supports (C) to the legs (B). Roughly two screws for each leg should be enough
- Drill a 3/8" hole through both the bench support and legs
- Fasten with four 3/8" x 4" Galvanized Carriage Bolts
- Repeat steps for all leg assemblies
The holes that secure the legs (B) to the upper support (A) should be drilled 2" from top of upper support (1 1/2" from bottom), so the carriage bolts won't be in the way.
Attach Leg Frames to Table Top
- Position table top upside down. Using four 2.5" wood screws, attach leg frames to braces on bottom of table top
- Using the last 8 ft 2x4, cut two 24" pieces with a 45 degree angle on each end. These will be your leg frame braces
- Measuring from the bottom of the table top to the bench support, make a mark 17" on the middle of the support
- Make a second mark on underside of table top from the inside area of the bench support to center board on underside of table top.
- Your leg frame braces should line up with the marks you just made
- Secure braces with 2.5" wood screws and then with carriage bolts
If your leg frame braces do not line up with your marks, pull the leg assembly over until they do, otherwise the legs / table top won't be 90 degrees.
Finishing Your Classic Picnic Table
- Flip table up and install your seats with the 60" 2x6 timber
- With leftover scrap wood, add supports underneath the seats and table top in the middle, to keep them aligned
- Cut supports to be approximately 1" from either edge of table top or bench seat. Finish up with 2.5" wood screws
- Enjoy your new classic picnic table!