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.

Comments

Bri (not verified)

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 13:41

I absolutely love this! I am so inspired by everything you post! I need some more tools now! I'm going to end up spending a lot of time at my inlaws! My hubby built me 2 of the simple bookshelves and I'm excited to finish them and get them in our playroom. Next on my list is the play kitchen =) I'm running to home depot today to get the wood for this and I just watched your video about countersinking screws! I'm all ready to go!!!=)

Kellye (not verified)

Thu, 04/29/2010 - 03:32

Ana! I have to agree with everyone above that we will keep coming back even if you only posted once a week! By all means though...one post a day will be GREAT!!!! Plus, it might give me a bit of downtime too. With all the great plans you post, my inspiration is in overdrive and I've never been to Home Depot so much in MY LIFE! LOL! In fact, my parents laugh at me that the one place I used to loathe going to is now one of those places on the list of "places you could max out your credit card". =)

AND....yay for this plan! I'm thinking this is the PERFECT picnic table for my nephew's upcoming birthday!!!! He's turning 4 and I think this would be PERFECT!!!!

J (not verified)

Thu, 04/29/2010 - 03:38

finished this plan. was very easy and the plans were all spot on.
We under mounted the table supports so that you wouldn't see the screws on the top. worked well but was a little extra time involved.

teamshield (not verified)

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 01:23

This was my second project and it was so easy and the plans worked perfectly. On this project I learned how to use my husband's chop saw and I am in love. I broke my counter sink bit, so I now know I should buy those in multiples.
I bought the wood, cut it and assembled it while my kids were at school for the day and in between running my preschooler to school, feeding him lunch, etc.
One of my friends stopped by to pick up my daughter for carpool and asked me where I bought it! I told her I made it that day. Her response, 'oh, did you buy a kit'. Nope, I said, I bought 2x4's! :)
Thanks so much Ana!!! I am so pleased with my table (and myself)!

Liana (not verified)

Mon, 05/03/2010 - 16:13

J--

Could you elaborate about how you did the undermount? I am a newbie and would love any details!

Thanks!

Alexis (not verified)

Wed, 05/05/2010 - 12:38

I stumbled upon your site on Monday while searching for picnic table plans and build this big kid table on Tuesday! My very first project and I think I'm hooked!! Thanks so much for your awesome website and for giving me the courage to try.

Cherie (not verified)

Tue, 06/01/2010 - 08:37

I made this table this past weekend. The plans were spot on and so easy. I just wanted to let you know that if you plan carefully you really only need 5-2x4's instead of 6. Cut 2-2x4's in half for the seats. Cut 2 legs and one seat support from the third 2x4. Repeat for the fourth 2x4 and finally cut the bottom suppport and the 2 table supports from the 5th 2x4. Just plan carefully.

mmlyssa (not verified)

Mon, 06/21/2010 - 15:00

My Husband just made this over this past weekend. Can i just say I am THRILLED!!! I have been wanting one of these for soo long and the price kept putting me off. My husband built this with all supplies from home depot for $35!!
THANK YOU!!