Hexagon Picnic Table

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 03/14/2011 - 00:26
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A hexagon shaped picnic table. Features six large bench seats and round top, updating the casual classic into a more user-friendly backyard fav!

I know spring is already here for many of you, so it seems fitting on this day that we spring forward that I should deliver on the long promised round picnic table.

I am so happy to publish these plans, because I've made my greatest effort to simplify the design and make it as easy to build as possible. And I hope that effort enables someone to be able to build this table, and ultimately, to use it for summer barbeques.

And a little update on the move, we are so close to moving over the forum and a few other things, but most plans should be here! I do have a few plans from March and Community Contributed Plans to update and publish, but for the most part, the content that is on our blog is now on our site! For those of you holding a hammer in your hand, midway through a project, I encourage you to take a second and bookmark the plan location on the new site. We plan to move the domain (with this site becoming Ana-White.com) on Friday, so you have a little time, but do make sure you have full access to plans that you are working on (either on the new site or printed out or saved) in the event that the move has any problems.

And I can also tell you that I've been working very hard at planning a great celebration, complete with lots and lots of giveways all week long! I'm so excited, but we haven't quite nailed down (pun is not intended) all the details just yet. Stay tuned, I'll be sure to let you know as soon as I can!

Thank you once again for your great patience with this move. I hope you take a second, if you haven't already, to look around, and let me know if we can do anything to make your life easier, and to enable you to spend less time browsing the site and more time building!

Enjoy this picnic table!

UPDATE: One of our readers built this table and felt it could use a little more leg room. He suggested extending out the seat boards by 4" all the way around, and removing the inner seat board and adding a seat board to the outside to increase leg room.

Dimensions
Dimensions are shown above.

Preparation

Shopping List

9 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
12 - 2x6 @ 8 feet long

Common Materials
2 1/2 inch screws
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Cut List

3 - 2x4 @ 26 1/2" (Longest points - one end @ 30 degrees off square and the other end coming to a beveled 30 degree point - see step 1)
3 - 2x4 @ 25 11/16" (Longest points - one end @ 30 degrees off square and the other end coming to a beveled 30 degree point - see step 1)
3 - 2x4 @ 40" (Longest points - one end @ 30 degrees off square and the other end coming to a beveled 30 degree point - see step 1)
3 - 2x4 @ 39 1/8" (Longest points - one end @ 30 degrees off square and the other end coming to a beveled 30 degree point - see step 1)
6 - 2x6 @ 6 3/8" (Longest points - both ends cut at 30 degrees off square NOT parallel to each other)
6 - 2x6 @ 13 1/4" (Longest points - both ends cut at 30 degrees off square NOT parallel to each other)
6 - 2x6 @ 20 1/8" (Longest points - both ends cut at 30 degrees off square NOT parallel to each other)
6 - 2x6 @ 27" (Longest points - both ends cut at 30 degrees off square NOT parallel to each other)
6 - 2x6 @ 33 7/8" (Longest points - both ends cut at 30 degrees off square NOT parallel to each other)
6 - 2x6 @ 40 3/4" (Longest points - both ends cut at 30 degrees off square NOT parallel to each other)
6 - 2x4 scraps @ 12" (Blocking)
6 - 2x4 @ 33" (Both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, Parallel to each other)

Cutting Instructions

When you cut your boards, try to flip the boards around to minimize waste and take advantage of cuts you already made at the same angle. Cut longest boards first.

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Hammer
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Miter Saw
Power Sander
Level
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Instructions

Step 1

The support boards need to be cut very carefully as shown above. Since you've already cut the board to the longest point, start by just chopping one end off at 30 degrees off square. Then bevel the opposite end to a point as shown above. You will need to cut all 12 support boards in this manner.

Step 2

Start with the longer of the top support boards, and attach together as shown above. If you do not have a Kreg Jig™, you can use hardware, but only place the hardware on the bottom side (the shorter measurements) as the top will have tabletop boards.

Step 3

Then fill in the remainder of the points as shown above. Again, you will need either pocket holes or brackets on the base.

Step 4

Add the tabletop boards as shown above. It is recommended that you cut your boards to fit, rather than based off given measurements. The gaps between the boards should be 1/2". Use 2 1/2" Screws and glue.

Step 5

Step 6

And add the seat boards as you did the tabletop boards.

Step 7

Prop the seat support system up over the tabletop on the 12" scrap blocks. Make sure that the centers of the seat and the tabletop match exactly.

Step 8

Mark all the tabletop support boards 8" from the outside. Attach a leg board as shown above to the tabletop supports with 2 1/2" screws and glue. Do this on all six legs, one leg per support.

Step 9

Then screw the legs into the seat supports as shown above. At least three screws per leg. Use glue. This completes the table, you can remove the blocks and flip the table over and finish and use!

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Comments

deanna_g

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 14:39

I definitely want to see this in a children's size, as well! I'll porbably end up building a couple of the big ones and at least one small one. We live on a farm and have several BIG cookouts/bonfires/hayrides through the year and these would serve us so much better than card tables! I've always wanted one but don't want to shell out the $400+ for one! Thank you! Muah!

Michelle (not verified)

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 18:52

My in-laws have a table like this that they bought YEARS ago...and we are always using it--especially with all the grandkids!--when we do cookouts or play time at grandma and grandpa's! I have always dreamed of having one but knew that they were too expensive! THANK YOU for sharing these plans! An 8 foot table plan would be WONDERFUL!

Guest (not verified)

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 20:23

I have had a dream for a couple of months now!  I would love to build a raised playhouse similar to your rectangular one, but a hexagon with a deck area all around.  Something that could be built around a tree trunk or free standing.  Then a small version of this table could be put underneath as a shaded picnic area.

I have 4 kids, two boys 8 & 10 and two girls 3 & 6.  I would love something more unisex and jungle inspired to accomodate all of them.  I picture planting climbing vines up the supports and over the top!  What adventures we could have! 

However, I have no experience drawing plans, estimating costs, etc.  I realize this is probably an even bigger undertaking than I imagine, but, if you ever felt inspired to take on some plans like this, I would be so thrilled.

silverfam

Fri, 03/18/2011 - 19:49

With a family of six and extras EVERYDAY we will need the octagon one. And a kids one would be great 

Eric (not verified)

Fri, 03/18/2011 - 21:18

This is exactly what I've been looking for and I can build it for much less than purchasing it somewhere.  Simple plans and simple tools with a little time, effort and patience and viola!!!  Can't wait buy the material and get started!  Thank you so much for having the site available.  

constantia

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 13:44

I know this comment has been made but I was hoping there is an update. Can this be converted to a smaller kid size version? I am designing my backyard to have a designated area for my 3 year old and I would love this to go along with the sandbox also featured on this website.

Bron05

Wed, 06/29/2011 - 06:48

I am wondering if using treated wood would make any difference. I will be leaving this table exposed to the elements all year long and I get alot of tree limbs and random debris during storms. I know it won't be "pretty" but practical is my goal. Any reason I should not use treated?

Millie (not verified)

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 17:31

My son needs plans for this for his Eagle project. Thanks so much!
Millie