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

Allyson (not verified)

Sun, 08/22/2010 - 13:57

Hi! I just love all of your plans. This is my first project and I have a question- I don't see where you cut the 45 degree angle on step one. Are you using a mitre saw on that cut?

sdeer76

Sun, 05/08/2011 - 18:31

I have a totally beginners question... Should this be built with treated lumber? Or can you use untreated if you are going to paint it with exterior paint? I'm thinking about trying this as a first project from this site. Notable difference in cost between treated and untreated so I thought I'd ask. Not expecting it to last forever, but I don't want it to rot away in a season either ;o)

I'm new here and not sure where you post questions.... Sorry if this is not the right route.

Guest (not verified)

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:15

I would not use pressure treated wood. Pressure treated wood contains arsenic. I definitely would not use it for something my children will be touching as they eat. Maybe consider a water based exterior stain?

Matt @ Ramblin… (not verified)

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 11:23

My wife forwarded this post to me today because she wants me to build a kids picnic table. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this I'd a blog. Your opening statements on this post made me chuckle. My (almost) 5-year old son recently expressed his annoyance that I get up early every day to blog. I do this so that I can write undistracted while the rest of the house sleeps and also to not take away from family time. My sons solution is that I get up early only every other day! I considered his advice, but ultimately ignored it. Now he is urging me to wake him up at 5:30am so that he can have more time to play! Lol. Like father like son.

Matt @ Ramblin… (not verified)

Mon, 03/19/2012 - 03:11

I wanted to show off my results, so I included a brief description of how the project went for me along with several pictures on a recent blog post. I modified the plans slightly, as I wanted to be able to drill a hole in the middle of a center board on the table top to insert an umbrella...

check it out @ http://money.ramblingfever.com/2012/03/rambling-road-kids-picnic-table-…

After these pictures were taken, one of the tables was stained with a dark cherry color... turned out awesome!

Rose Crooks (not verified)

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 07:43

I love your plans for the table. I picked up plans at home depot. I am making four table for my grandkids. They range from 2 months to 11 yrs. I think this was great plans. One thing I did was used peassure treated wood for the legs. I made my screw hole and I am sanding and painting the pieces before puting together. I can;t wait to start another project but need to finish this one first. Two table I am painting red and black for the boys and pastels for the girls.It take less time to make more than one at a time.

davido850

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 09:53

the carriage bolts added to the appeal. the table was still a little to tight between seat and top, but a friends daughters birthday was today. he reimbersed my expense and the girl has a great table. already have the material for v2. just going to add a few inches to the legs and it will be perfect for my crew and me. thank!