Build A Modern Kid's Picnic Table, or X Benches

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 03/23/2010 - 21:45
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For children's spaces that have a slightly more moderm flair. This X table and benches are kid's height, perfect for an afternoon picnic or a tea party. Special thanks to our readers for sharing their photos.

Table: 34 1/2" x 19 1/2" x 16" Bench(2): 31" x 11 1/2" x 8"


Shopping List

4 – 2×4 Boards (about $2.00 Each)
1 – 2×2 Board (about $1.50 Each)
3 – 1×4 Boards (about $3 Each)
1 1/4″ Screws
2 1/2″ Screws
Wood Glue
Wood Filler

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

4 – 1×4 @ 21 1/2″ (DO NOT CUT until reviewing step 1, ends are mitered at 45 degrees)
8 – 1×4 @ 10 1/4″ (Cut to measurement, ends mitered down 45 degrees)
2 – 2×2 @ 19 1/2″ (Ends of Tabletop)
5 – 2×4 @ 31 1/2″ (Tabletop Boards)

Cut List for TWO Benches

8 – 1×4 @ 9 1/4″ (Both ends mitered at 45 degrees, review step 4 before cutting)
16 – 1×4 @ 4 5/8″ (CUT TO MEASUREMENT One end mitered back at 45 degrees)
4 – 2×2 @ 11 1/2″ (Ends of Tabletop)
6 – 2×4 @ 28″ (Seat Boards)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Miter Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

Work on a clean level surface. Use your square to check to make sure the angles between the legs are a correct 90 degrees. Use proper safety precautions and equipment. Predrill and countersink your screw holes.


Step 1

Legs. Cut your legs so that the ends are mitered at 45 degrees, and the short point to long point measurements are 20 1/2″ as shown above. Then mark all four of the legs as shown on the blue leg above. Use the marks to guide you as you fasten with glue and 1 1/4″ screws the two legs together. To hide your screw holes, fasten from the insides of the legs.

Step 2

Fill in the Legs. Measure and cut the remaining leg pieces, shown in blue above, to fit the missing pieces on the legs. Use glue and 1 1/4″ screws to fasten together. Hide your screw holes on the inside.

Step 3

Top. Begin by fastening with glue and 2 1/2″ screws the ends (shown in blue above) to the tabletop boards. Leave a 1/2″ gap between the boards. Then attach the ends to the legs using 2 1/2″ screws. You will notice in this table’s design there is good water drainage and no pockets for water to remain and cause damage.

Step 4

Bench Legs. Build your bench legs as you built your table legs in step 1. Use 1 1/4″ screws and glue on this step.

Step 5

Step 6

Bench Seats. As you built the tabletop, do the same for the bench seats.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill nail holes with wood filler and sand and finish as desired. To get the two tone finish, you may wish to finish the tops and the X bases before assembling.
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Fri, 06/22/2012 - 04:24

What wood would you reccomend that is fairly cheap but storng enough to be used for the project?


Fri, 06/22/2012 - 05:47

Any of the pines would work, especially southern yellow pine. White pine would be a decent second choice. Douglas Fir would also work pretty well, but it can be hard to track down. I'd avoid the generic white wood or softwood.


Fri, 06/20/2014 - 22:49

As so often I cannot find where you mentioned what stain you used... Can you please let us know? Thanks, love your site.


Sat, 11/11/2017 - 15:43

Can anyone have a photo of how and where they fastened the legs? I see the instructions but Im lost on what they mean by Fasten from the inside