Hexagon Picnic Table

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 04/08/2020 - 11:59
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Free plans to build a hexagon shaped picnic table. Features six large bench seats and hexagon top, updating the casual classic into a more user-friendly backyard fav!

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Photo by Amauter Steph

This plan has been updated.  If you need the original plans they are still available here.

Dimensions
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Dimensions are shown above.

Preparation

Shopping List

6 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long

10 - 2x6 @ 8 feet long

150 - 2-1/2" to 3" long self tapping exterior screws, can be "deck screws" or "general construction screws"

Common Materials
2 1/2 inch screws
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Cut List

Frame

  • 1 - 2x4 @ 51" - both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, ends NOT parallel, long point to long point measurement (main frame, top)
  • 1 - 2x4 @ 88" - both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, ends NOT parallel, long point to long point measurement (main frame, seat)
  • 6 - 2x4 @ 33" - both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, end are parallel, long point to short point measurement (legs)
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 25" - one end cut at 30 degree BEVEL, long point measurement (top frame secondary supports)
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 43-3/8" - one end cut at 30 degree BEVEL, long point measurement (seat frame secondary supports)

Seat Boards

  • 6 - 2x6 @ 45" - both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, ends NOT parallel, long point to long point measurement (seat boards)
  • 6 - 2x6 @ 38" - both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, ends NOT parallel, long point to long point measurement (seat boards)

Tabletop

  • 2 - 2x6 @ 54" - both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, ends NOT parallel, long point to long point measurement (tabletop)
  • 2 - 2x6 @ 47" - both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, ends NOT parallel, long point to long point measurement (tabletop)
  • 2 - 2x6 @ 40" - both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, ends NOT parallel, long point to long point measurement (tabletop)
  • 2 - 2x6 @ 33-1/4" - both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, ends NOT parallel, long point to long point measurement (tabletop)
Cutting Instructions

Cut the longer boards first to conserve wood

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Miter Saw
Power Sander

Instructions

Step 1

On a flat level surface, carefully layout the first section of the picnic table.  It can help to have two people at this stage.

Attach at all joints with three 2-1/2" self tapping wood screws.

Step 2

First, cut the table supports according to the cut list.  Then, keeping the same overall length, cut the outside end back at a 30 degree angle.  

Attach centered on the main frame with the 2-1/2" screws, two screws per joint.

Step 3

Attach remaining legs with 2-1/2" self tapping wood screws, three screws per joint.

Step 4

Cut the seat frame board ends as directed in the cut list.  Then, keeping the same overall length, cut the outside end back at a 30 degree off square angle.

Attach to the center of the main frame and to the legs.

TIP: Cut a 2x4 13" long and use it as a spacer to hold up your board while attaching to maintain the correct distance.

Step 5

Flip the project over.  

Cut seat boards and lay outside seat boards in place.  Make sure all the angles line up with the seat boards joining in the middle of the frame boards.

Attach with two screws per joint.

Step 6

Attach the tabletop boards on top, starting at the center and working outward, with a 1/2" gap in between.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

Comments

James Reeves (not verified)

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 08:25

Ana, once again you are awesome in your excellent designing.
I have wanted a table like this for years and years but not in my limited budget and feared trying to make it is awesome.
I want to make this table, but also want to make the 8 ft Octagon table please send me detailed plans thanks so much.
Ana, l need to know is it better to use a wood conditioner or a primer and 1 or more coats of conditioner if this is better?

Thanks so much Ana
James, Ontario, Canada

Jason (not verified)

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 10:12

James,
Wood Conditioner and Primer are used for different things and one isn't better than the other.

Wood Conditioner: used when applying stain to raw wood (usually soft wood - pine, spruce, etc, but can also be used on hard woods (oak, etc). The purpose of the wood conditioner is to penetrate the pores of the wood and establish a barrier to limit how deep the stain (which is applied after the wood conditioner (follow instructions on the conditioner can) can penetrate. The problem with soft woods is that the pore structure of the wood varies greatly and applying stain without the conditioner results in what is often a blotchy appearance. The number of coats isn't important as the second coat won't accomplish much - it is more important to follow the instructions on the can for how soon after applying the conditioner should the stain be applied. That is where the 'second coat' may come in to play if you can't get the stain applied quick enough to all surfaces.

Primer: used when applying paint to raw wood (soft or hard does not come into play here). This is often a white colored special paint that also seals the wood, bit also forms a secure bonding surface for the paint top coat (finish colour). There are 2 typical types (latex (water based) and alkyd (oil based) and the benefits and drawbacks of each is better left for a google search if you want more info. They both do basically the same thing.

deanna_g

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 14:39

I definitely want to see this in a children's size, as well! I'll porbably end up building a couple of the big ones and at least one small one. We live on a farm and have several BIG cookouts/bonfires/hayrides through the year and these would serve us so much better than card tables! I've always wanted one but don't want to shell out the $400+ for one! Thank you! Muah!

Michelle (not verified)

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 18:52

My in-laws have a table like this that they bought YEARS ago...and we are always using it--especially with all the grandkids!--when we do cookouts or play time at grandma and grandpa's! I have always dreamed of having one but knew that they were too expensive! THANK YOU for sharing these plans! An 8 foot table plan would be WONDERFUL!

Guest (not verified)

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 20:23

I have had a dream for a couple of months now!  I would love to build a raised playhouse similar to your rectangular one, but a hexagon with a deck area all around.  Something that could be built around a tree trunk or free standing.  Then a small version of this table could be put underneath as a shaded picnic area.

I have 4 kids, two boys 8 & 10 and two girls 3 & 6.  I would love something more unisex and jungle inspired to accomodate all of them.  I picture planting climbing vines up the supports and over the top!  What adventures we could have! 

However, I have no experience drawing plans, estimating costs, etc.  I realize this is probably an even bigger undertaking than I imagine, but, if you ever felt inspired to take on some plans like this, I would be so thrilled.

silverfam

Fri, 03/18/2011 - 19:49

With a family of six and extras EVERYDAY we will need the octagon one. And a kids one would be great 

Eric (not verified)

Fri, 03/18/2011 - 21:18

This is exactly what I've been looking for and I can build it for much less than purchasing it somewhere.  Simple plans and simple tools with a little time, effort and patience and viola!!!  Can't wait buy the material and get started!  Thank you so much for having the site available.  

constantia

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 13:44

I know this comment has been made but I was hoping there is an update. Can this be converted to a smaller kid size version? I am designing my backyard to have a designated area for my 3 year old and I would love this to go along with the sandbox also featured on this website.