I was looking for a fire side bench that we didn’t have to move or turn around when converted into a table. We made the lids by taking two of the center boards and attaching them together in four spots through pocket holes with 2-1/2″ wood screws and wood glue. WOW That is a great table Love it. Been looking for a new patio table to build with my wife. If you wanted to set up a folding table and chairs for your barbecue guests, party planners say you’d need to allot 10 square feet per person to create enough access.
Wood is placed inside a closed cylinder, then vacuum and pressure are applied to force the preservatives into the wood. An edge guide can be attached to your circular saw for rip cuts (2 rip cuts in this build) and you can use a speed square to make perfect 45° and 90° cuts instead of a miter saw. Otherwise, the plans are great and saved us hours of mocking up (and probably mucking up) the table and benches.
Top Tip: Aligning the legs into place before inserting the screws is essential for the end result, so make sure you pay attention to this step. I used a circular saw to cut all the pieces for the frames and braces and laid them one on top the other to make sure the ones that had to be the same, were the same. And if you already know how to build the picnic table or if you have an existing one, add the sandbox on top. You can build this in a weekend—the biggest challenge is cutting half-lap joints—for under $140 (or about $80 if you use SPF).
Insert carriage bolts through the large holes with the smooth heads inside to protect legs from getting scratched under the picnic table. Since we were using Douglas fir, which is a softer wood, we chose to use a wood conditioner so that our stain coat would come out more evenly. Love this idea, I have an old but well built picnic table that I have been wanting to pitch.
Cut the four pieces of 4×4 that make the pedestal legs (part D). If you’re cutting them with a circular saw, mark a line on all four sides and then cut from opposite sides. We feel it’s best to make the cuts as you work through the plans, which will give you the freedom to make small adjustments as needed. With VERY LITTLE EFFORT you can make my Table Mover with which ONE PERSON can move that table with very little effort, using only ONE HAND. I’m almost finished with this project – just need to make the ice box covers and stain.
Note: Before cutting any wood or building any part of this picnic table, read through to the end of these instructions so that you can verify the materials that you need. Nail the last two 1×6’s next to the existing bench boards (leaving a gap of about 1/4 inch between adjacent bench planks). Michael, one of our readers, sent these pictures of the patio table he built using Kruse’s plans.
After leveling the benches I then used the belt sander on the bench tops and table to take off the coarse parts of the wood, sharp edges and splinters. Generally, you can tell when you need to apply more sealer – the sun bleaches the color and dries out the wood. I want to make a monster one to seat at least 12, so I’ll need to add a ‘third leg’ (oh er!) to stop any sagging business. If you don’t have enough space inside to build it, then assemble it on a driveway or other flat area. What makes the folding picnic table different from most other tables, is that it quickly folds out to serve as a picnic table and can quickly be converted to two individual picnic benches.
We love the pictures of your table and want to assess whether or not my husband and I can build one of our own! Two more pieces should be cut down to 48″ long each then each should be angled at the ends with 45 degree angles to make them look like a trapezoid. If you’ve built anything following our plans or inspired by something we’ve posted, we’d love to see! Drive a 5 1/2-inch #12 × 3 flathead brass wood screw into each predrilled hole to secure the bench-top planks; set the screws so the heads are just flush with the surface.
They will last even longer if you seal the wood with a stain/sealer that is made for your species of wood. If you want to use a different thickness wood or change the length of the table refer to ‘Changing stock size and/or table length’ in the appendix at the end. Don’t forget to sand all edges of your new table and apply the finish of your choice to make it weatherproof. Also, use wood glue and nails to attach 1x4x3-1/2’s as feet on the bottoms of each leg. To make the table larger, add four inches to the length of the long spokes, add two inches to the length of the short spokes, plus two inches to the length of the planks.
We made one bench of 5′ and one at 7′. I am not a finish carpenter and both were within 1/4 inch of matching on the table portion. If you choose pressure-treated wood for your table, be sure to use plates and cutting boards so that food doesn’t come into direct contact with the wood. Drill four holes on the outside face of each leg and fasten the bench supports with 3” carriage bolts.
Next pull up the pb box assemblies, added wood glue on the areas that make contact with the table top and placed them back down making sure the holes are still lined up. To attach the cross beams to the table skirt drill two counter bored holes at each junction. I will appreciate it. I need to make sure I have all the wood cut from homedepot or lowes and ready to build it at home. We’ve rounded or mitred any corners that could scrape elbows or knees and, unlike some of its adult counterparts, this table won’t tip up when one bench is suddenly vacated.
Let it dry thoroughly per manufacturer’s directions before using the picnic table. Features six large bench seats and round top, updating the casual classic into a more user-friendly backyard fav! This will create a 1/8″ gap between the long boards spanning the length of the table to allow the wood to expand and contract with the humidity levels. After having it for about 5 years, I ended up selling it at a garage sale for about the price I paid for the wood. The plans were pretty easy to follow and I followed them to the T and everything came out perfect.
A few of our family and friends have seen the table and each person has said something about how much they love it and how they wish we would build them one! Using a sponge brush apply Benite wood conditioner to all the surfaces of the table, top and bottom. I think the 1.5″ screws are to make sure the screws don’t go through the table top, but I’m not sure if it was an issue. Add up the total number of board feet, being careful to make sure you group short pieces in a board with long pieces to minimize waste.
Where these lines intersect your wood when laid down on the pattern is where you will put a mark for the lap joints. It’s starting to get warm outside, so I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been thinking about getting getting having a picnic. Over these cross pieces, at right angles and placed to lie flush with the 2 × 4 ends, set two 2 × 6’s for the two legs at that end of the table, forming a square-topped A shape.
We recycled our kids’ Step 2, plastic picnic table last week and my wife told me that we needed to buy a new picnic table. Plans are good but I used CRES hardware (screws and hinges) and pressure treated lumber instead of cedar. I’d like to build a good-looking table that looks like it’s made of cedar, but only has to be hit with some detergent and a pressure washer, annually, to look like new.
Fasten to the bench top, the supports, and the legs using your pocket hole system set for 1 1/2” stock and your 2 1/2” pocket hole screws and glue. I’ve updated our picnic table design without straying too far from standard designs. Attach the outer long skirt by first applying wood glue to the backside and screwing it together through the inside using 1-1/4″ wood screws. The first step is to build a box to support the lip of the ice box so it can’t drop out of the table. If you use just one bench configured into a table you lose the support to keep it from tipping.
I told her I was going to build one and she didn’t believe me. Once I had the legs on, my wife came outside and was amazed at how it was coming together! Ana white build a preschool picnic table free and easy, Our preschool picnic table is one of the most popular plans available online. It is very easy to make a pallet picnic table with the recycled wooden pallets. Maybe I will start production this summer and make some more, right now I am enjoying my bench-table combo, and being the only person I know with one. While this is one of several methods you have when cutting your log to make a picnic table, keep in mind it is never a good idea to cut anything overhead.
I hope if you build this table, you will enjoy it as much as we have through the years! For the final sanding with 120 grit sandpaper I didn’t use the wood block, choosing to press the paper with my hand, to get into the low spots, corners, nooks and crannies. I am also using a pocket jig to hide all my connections under the bench and where they will be less noticable. Also good to mention that the grain of the wood for the seats should cup down to prevent water puddling. Cut each end of the bench supports at an angle like the top of the table angles.
Set the tabletop boards in place so the outer ones are flush with the ends of the supports. I recently stumbled across a fantastic site, not only for building picnic tables, but just about any woodworking project under the sun. The backs are now hinged to the bench seat to give you the folding picnic table action. A box-edge or square pillowcase can be customized to fit anything from a chair to a picnic bench. I figure out after buying the wood getting everything organized making the cuts myself… it’s taken me about 20 hours. I threw these pieces up on the miter saw and helped stabilize them with my router table at one end and some scrap wood.