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

Jules Hall (not verified)

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 20:46

Thank you very much for these plans.
I used all your dimensions, but modified the assembly a bit:
- under mounted all the screws with a drill press 3/4" counter sink. This way the table will last outside for years. ( if you used cedar! )
- mainly used 3" screws as a result.
- extended the leg attachments to only 2" on the outside to give an extra 4" seating room ( can fit 6 kids at the table)
- used 3-1/2" lag bolts rather than screws to attach legs.

As a result of using lag bolts - there was no need for the middle support. It was solid without it, and if it ever does loosen - you can just tighten the lag bolts!
I remember as a kid always smacking my shins on the center support, so doing away with it was great!

Thank you.

Jules

Sarah Knopp (not verified)

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 14:12

Do you think it would work to use this pattern, but then use plywood or some solid sheet of wood for the top? I like the attached benches, but would like to make a more smooth top for my kids for their "project" table. Let me know if you think it would still work?
Thanks!

Sarah Knopp (not verified)

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 14:14

Do you think it would work to follow this pattern for the frame and the attached benches, but use a flat top like the kids trestle table? I LOVE the attached benches, but want to make a flat top table for my kids to color and do projects on. Let me know if you think it would work? Thanks!

peke

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 02:39

Hi,

First off all i love the design, in fact everything on this site :D
I'm from Belgium, so i would like to ask if its possible to get the entire plan in metric version with centimeters instead of inches :D

Thanks!!

TrefW

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:21

I've built two of these and changed one thing. Rather than put the 2x4 between the two legs, I cut the wood to create two triangles from the center of the seat supports to underneath the table top. Not only does this increase the stability of the entire table, but it keeps the shown center support from becoming something that hurts the little shins of those sitting at the table. No additional wood is needed. Just cut the center support differently.

gsnpbc

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 09:56

My son and I just made this table using your plans this weekend and it turned out great for the grandkids. It only took a couple of hours after all the boards were cut. Thank you for the easy directions and most of all for sharing them.