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.
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Comments

Millie (not verified)

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 17:34

My son would like to do the octagonal one as part of his Eagle project.
Thanks so much!
Millie

Kenneth (not verified)

Wed, 05/30/2012 - 21:54

Bron5 Treated lumber is an excellent choice for this table for finishing and maintance go to sites that tell you how to protect a deck

You can pretty much cover it in the winter it should last you for years with proper maintance

JessicaR

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 09:09

If you have a Lowes or Home Depot in your area, go to their website, pick your local store and they should have the prices for what you need. You could also call your local hardware or lumber store and ask for a price quote.

ruppertj8

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 11:24

I love the design and directions are fairly easy to follow.

I would suggest increasing the distance between the seat and top a 3-4 inches. Also, the leg dimensions need to be increased a bit (or at least have a better description) as the 33 inches should probably be 35-36 inches as the over-all length (33 would be the length if it was a 90 degree cut.

I cut a 6x6 into a hexagon and mounted the six support boards to it. Then I cut a 1.5" hole in the center so I could mount a umbrella in the middle.

Derek

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 13:31

Hi Anna
I am going to try and build this but the link to the pdf plans does not work.

Could you let me know when it is fixed please?
Thanks

Gkeniston

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 13:17

Ana,
I build the hexagon table, but I replaced all of the legs and seat supports with 2x6 lumber instead of the suggested 2x4. Much stronger with no flex. It doesn't add that much more to the overall weight or cost either. I also modified the design to accept an umbrella. Thanks for posting your plan so clearly labeled. It really made modifying it to meet my need simple.

--Garrett

alafave

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:21

Trying to download the PDF for the hexagon picnic table and I get an error. Any help?