This step by step woodworking project is about wooden 5 ft picnic table made from 2x4s plans. I have designed this straight forward 5 ft picnic table so you can enjoy a relaxing time in the garden. Remember this table is built just from 2x4s, so if you are a big guy or girl, you should take a look over my other plans HERE. If you have a higher budget, invest in weather resistant lumber. See my other DIY projects HERE.
We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy weather-resistant lumber, such as pine or cedar. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
Made from this plan
5 ft Picnic Table made from 2x4s Plans
- A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 34 3/4″ long LEGS
- B – 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 28 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 60″ long SUPPORTS
- C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 28 3/8″ long BRACES
- D – 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 60″ long BENCHES
- E – 8 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 60″ long TABLETOP
- 11 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 10′
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 3 1/2″ screws
- 3 1/2″ carriage bolts
- stain, wood filler, wood glue
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- One Weekend
5 ft Picnic table – Video!
How to build a 5 ft picnic table
The first step of the project is to build the legs for the picnic table. Use a miter saw to make 30 degree cuts at both ends of the legs, as shown in the diagram.
Build the supports for the picnic table from 2x4s. Use a saw to make cuts at both ends of the supports.
Next, you need to assemble the two sides for the picnic table. Align the legs against a straight edge or a wall and attach the supports. Drill pilot holes through both the legs ad supports and insert 3 1/2″ carriage bolts to secure the joints. Use 2 bolts for each joint.
The next step of the project is to attach the 2×4 slats to build the benches for the picnic table. Fit a piece of 1/2″ plywood between the slats to create even gaps. Drill pilot holes through the slats and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them to the supports tightly.
Attach the tabletop slats to the picnic table, a shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure the slats into place tightly.
Use 2×4 lumber for the diagonal braces, as well. Use a miter saw to make the angle cuts, as shown in the diagram.
Fit the diagonal braces to the picnic table, as shown in the diagram. Plumb the sides with a spirit level and then make sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock the braces into place tightly. These small braces will add the most strength to the picnic table, so make sure you fit them right.
Fill the holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint or stain over the components. If you really want to have a long lasting table, apply a few coats of poly or use cedar from the very beginning.
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