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
diy kids picnic table
Dimensions are shown for kids picnic table plans

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.

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Comments

Laurie (not verified)

Fri, 04/02/2010 - 03:32

I think you are a great mom! Plans every day was more than most bloggers post, including the really big ones. What if you posted 3x a week - MWT - with one post being plans, one post a guest post, one post bragging board... You'd have content 3x week, on regularly scheduled days, and more time to build and be with family and work on your other projects?

I know what you mean about the recognition, though. I used to be a very high end professional Chef (I worked for the holding company that owned Pinehurst, so I was Executive Chef of two of their properties in other parts of the country). Now my biggest fan tells me, "Momma, you are a good cooker!" - but it's when I make macaroni and cheese from the box!

gkey (not verified)

Fri, 04/02/2010 - 04:19

Dear Mama First,
So often it is like a trapeze artist...timing, balance, form,
but seeing where you are and
how your family see you is soooo
important.
I do not know you personally of course, but I sense a genuine-ness
about you that is very special.
Mothering is so close to my heart, and I often am brought up short realizing I am not all I should be to these kiddos. We only have them a little while, but these are the years that will make all the difference in the end.
That said, I need to tell you how absolutely crazy I am to get started on building. I never dreamed something like this would be possible for me! My husband is a craftsman, but he does not have time to do things like this, as he is busy making a living for us. So we both are thankful to have found you.
love,
Still finding my way on the Mama journey
in
NE

The Trees (not verified)

Fri, 04/02/2010 - 04:44

Don't want to give you so much more to read. But just wanted to say how much I respect you for your talent and honesty. Takes a good mother and woman to be honest with yourself and choose the better part. They're only young once as I always have to remind myself.
You're amazing! I love love love your blog! Thanks for doing what you do!

Carol H. (not verified)

Fri, 04/02/2010 - 06:09

I agree with everything that everyone has said. Gosh, I'd be happy with one plan a week! Your little girl will grow up so fast. Enjoy time with her now and know that you are loved and appreciated by all of your fans.

Stephanie Saunders (not verified)

Fri, 04/02/2010 - 20:01

Like a moose jumping in front of the car, huh? You can tell you're Alaskan girl. Most of us would compare it to a cat, dog, or other small mobile creature jumping out in front of our car. Haven't seen many moose around here.

It's hard to find a balance between doing a hobby you love and spending time with the children you love (I have 3 kids 4 and under). I always try to make sure that I don't go to bed with too many regrets. It doesn't always work, but I hate the guilt that creeps in when you're lying in bed thinking of all the things you SHOULD have done with your kids. Never cool. Know that we appreciate any and all that you so generously share with us, but we're more understanding if we're neglected :)

merideth (not verified)

Sat, 04/03/2010 - 02:38

i tried to comment yesterday, but couldn't load your page...

take it from a woman whose big kids are 22 and 21: the time flies by and we never get it back. if you have to post just once per week to make the most of your time with your daughter, then do it.

as a "customer," i want to see ten new projects a day, but not at the cost of your family. you gave me the confidence, and the ability, to make my 5yo (surprise baby! LOL) a bed and i can never thank you enough for that, but i would hate that bed if i knew this blog harmed the quality of your family.

Ange (not verified)

Sun, 04/04/2010 - 05:09

I am so happy you've come to that conclusion with your daughter! You will see all the great things you've done with her (and others will too) in a few years. You're great! Balancing life with kids is so hard but the greatest thing we can do on earth is to nurture and love and care for our children! And this is coming from a mom with a 2yr old, 1yr old and a baby (crazy I know). It's a thankless job sometimes but so important :)

Juliet (not verified)

Sun, 04/04/2010 - 09:53

Thank you, Ana, for all you do. You are an inspiration to all of us moms at home with little ones. I love your blog, but i admire your commitment to family. Your husband and daughter are blessed to have you. We love your posts, but will take what we can get. I think if I start right now, I can finish everything I want to build by 2016;)

Kim N. (not verified)

Sun, 04/04/2010 - 17:14

Just adding a big "thank you" to all the others that have been given!!

A pretty famous quote from a leader of my church says, "No other success can compensate for failure in the home." And as moms, we know it's true. So take all the time you need. None of us out here are building a new piece every single day (right?!)...so I'm going to guess we can all do with a little less of you so your family can have you some more!

Thank you for all you do...I'll be sharing my farmhouse table as soon as I do the sanding and finishing. I can't believe I built it myself, but your step-by-step plans made it so easy! My husband now refers to the garage as "my wife's workshop"! I love it!!

Dee in NC (not verified)

Mon, 04/05/2010 - 08:40

I MADE IT MYSELF!!! WAHOO!!! Thank you so much for posting these plans - it's the perfect size for my 4 yo and 8 year old!! I made some small mods to the plan - I changed the length of the seat supports to 43" instead of 40 1/2, just to give myself some wiggle room when getting up from the benches. I also cut the ends of the lumber at about 47" wide to even the ends off (sometimes they're not totally square). I hid most of the screws with pocket holes and fastened everything from underneath. It turned out fabulously - I can even sit with the kids, and the younger teens in the neighborhood have a place to plunk themselves. Thanks for reminding me that I am perfectly capable of doing things myself!!!