Build a Bigger Kids Picnic Table Plans

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 05/10/2019 - 13:12
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Our favorite kids picnic table! Designed to fit bigger kids, this super sturdy picnic table is big enough to sit a small adult too! Super easy to build design has been built hundreds of times already! Build photo submitted by Fethiye

kids picnic table plans

 

This table is a little taller than our preschool picnic table plan https://www.ana-white.com/woodworking-projects/preschool-picnic-table and made a little tougher – out of 2x boards instead of 1x boards. It's super easy and fun to make.

And like all plans that I design, careful consideration was made on ease of building AND conservation of materials. For example, the top is exactly two 2×6 boards. Less waste = less supplies = less money! Gotta save you money wherever we can!

Dimensions
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Preparation

Shopping List

2 – 2×6 Boards, 8′ Long

6 – 2×4 Boards, 8′ Long

2 1/2″ Screws or Bolts (bolts will need to be at least 3″ long and you will need washers and nuts)

Cut List

4 – 2×6 @ 48″ (Tabletop)

2 – 2×4 @ 23 1/2″ (Tabletop Supports)

4 – 2×4 @ 26″ (Legs, DO NOT CUT UNTIL REVIEWING THE ANGLES)

2 – 2×4 @ 40 1/2″ (Seat Supports)

1 – 2×4 @ 37″ (Bottom Support)

4 – 2×4 @ 48″ (Seat Boards)

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Hammer
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Circular Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

Work on a clean level surface. Take a square of your project after each step. Predrill and countersink your screw holes. Use proper safety precautions and equipment.

Instructions

Step 1

Tabletop. Begin by cutting your tabletop supports (shown above in blue) as shown above. You can either fasten through the tabletop with screws or you can predrill through the underside of the supports into the underside of the tabletop boards. Leave a 1/2″ gap between the tabletop boards. Use glue and 2 1/2″ screws when fastening through the top.

Step 2

Legs. Cut your legs as shown above, with a 30 degree angle off square on both ends. Then use 2 1/2″ screws to fasten the legs to the tabletop supports. You could also use bolts for a stronger table.

Step 3

Seat Supports. Cut the ends of your seat supports as shown above. The angle is 45 degrees. Then fasten the seat supports to the legs as shown above.

TIP: cut two blocks 6-1/2” long and use as spacers to set the seat supports- there is 6-1/2 inches between the tabletop support and seat support.

Use a level on the seat supports to make sure you are fastening the seat supports level to the tabletop. Use 2 1/2″ screws and glue. If you fasten from the inside, you can hide your screw holes.

Step 4

Bottom Support. Take a square of your table by measuring from the opposite tips of the legs. If the diagonals do not match, from the longer diagonal, push the opposite ends together until the diagonals match. Fasten your support in place as shown above. Use 2 1/2″ screws.

Step 5

Step 6

Finishing. Fill your screw holes and sand and finish as desired.

Comments

Emily (not verified)

Thu, 04/01/2010 - 10:02

Want to chime in here and agree with the other comments that YES, once a day is definitely enough!

Thanks again for all you do :)

Heather (not verified)

Thu, 04/01/2010 - 10:08

Thanks for this, Ana! I want to make this nest for the summer :)

And about what you said … that really hit home with me. I keep wondering why it is that I want to blog. And you hit the nail on the head (ha - kind of funny saying considering this blog) … that is what I am searching for. Wow. You're totally right … I need to spend 90% of my life living it! Thank you so much for your honestly … you are adored!!!!

Anonymous (not verified)

Thu, 04/01/2010 - 10:20

Your thoughts on being a mom touched home. It's so hard being the mom we want to be somedays. I enjoyed you sharing your thoughts. I just want to extend a hug to you and let you know I understand.

{{hugs}}
Rhonda from Minnesota

Lori (not verified)

Thu, 04/01/2010 - 10:29

Thanks for inspiring me to only blog-stalk once a day. I'm getting off now to go play cars. :) Love the plans but love your realistic sense for life too. Thanks.

Amanda (not verified)

Thu, 04/01/2010 - 10:38

My comment didn't go through the first time, but I just wanted to say that I agree with what everyone has said. But I also wanted to add that to help you balance your life more, take advantage of your readers! Between the bragging board, guest bloggers and the wonderful community over on the Facebook Fan page that are more than willing to share building tips, I'm sure we can help minimize the hours you have to spend blogging.

And I don't know about others, but honestly, I find the plan-a-day a bit overwhelming. It just sends me all in a tizzy when I keep finding new plans that I need to add to my growing 'to do' list! I can't keep up! I'd be happy with even just 2 plans a week and the rest focusing on a guest blog, reader tips and the bragging board.

Whatever you decide to do, you've got our support!

Sherri (not verified)

Thu, 04/01/2010 - 11:14

I will miss you, as I am obsessive and check your blog several times a day for something new! ;)
But, of course, it only makes sense to make our children our first priority. Otherwise, what's it all for?
Now, maybe I will actually focus more on my third child's last year home before starting school...and actually get some of your great plans completed! :)
Have fun with your daughter and enjoy your time with her, as she'll soon be off to school and you'll wonder what happened to all the years!

By the way, THANX so much for posting plans for a larger table..I was trying to figure out if I could convert your smaller one to something bigger.

craftypants (not verified)

Thu, 04/01/2010 - 13:40

When you say bigger kids table....do you mean older than kindergarteners..... or perhaps you are refering to us adults as big kids!

If not, please could we have another set of plans for the same table for four standard adults?

Pretty please?

Catherine Hans… (not verified)

Thu, 04/01/2010 - 14:02

Honestly, I have just been ruthless with my Google reader for the same reason. My kids always look for me at the computer first! So, here's to balance and, believe me, we will all love your blog whether you post two plans a day or a week.

Heather (not verified)

Thu, 04/01/2010 - 14:13

Yay!! Thank you so much for these plans. Was trying to figure out how to scale it up on my own. You did so much better than I could ever do. Thank you! Thank you! And, just so you know you're not alone...one recent day, my mother-in-law asked my then 4 year old what kind of things "mommy" does with her during the day and she replied "nothing, momma is on the computer all day!" I about died, that is not true, of course, but they seem to think that at their age. It's just the way it is. Have a good one!