This step by step woodworking project is about 8 foot picnic table plans. I have designed this picnic table so you can get the job done in one weekend, using just 2x4s and 2x6s. Moreover, you can really get the job done using basic household tools. Follow my instructions and tips, so you get the job done quickly and without no problems. 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.
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8 foot Picnic Table Plans
- A – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 36″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 60″ long BRACES
- C – 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 28 1/2″ long SUPPORT
- D – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 85″ long SEAT SUPPORT
- E – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 96″ long SEAT BEAMS
- F – 5 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 96″ long TABLETOP
- G – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 44 1/2″ long DIAGONAL BRACES
- 15 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 2 1/2″ screws, 2 1/2″ pocket screws
- 3 1/2″ carriage bolts
- glue, putty
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- One Day
How to build a picnic table
Start the woodworking project by framing the legs for the picnic table. Make 30 degree cuts to both ends of the legs, as shown in the diagram. Smooth the edges with sandpaper for a professional result.
Use 2×4 lumber for the top support and 2×6 lumber for the seat supports. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to make decorative cuts to both ends of the beams. Clamp the supports to the legs, after aligning them together tightly. Drill pilot holes through the supports and through the legs. Then lock them together by inserting 3 1/2″ carriage bolts. Use two carriage bolts for each joint.
Drill pocket holes through the tabletop supports. Drill two pocket holes for each slat.
Lay the 2×6 tabletop beams on a level surface. Fit a piece of 1/4″ plywood between the slats, so you create even gaps between the slats. Align the edges flush and then set the sides to the beams. Use a spirit level to plumb the sides and then insert the 2 1/2″ pocket screws. Fit the 2×4 support to the middle of the tabletop.
Fit the 2×6 seat supports to the picnic table. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the beams and then lock them into place tightly with 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush.
Fit 2×6 lumber to the picnic table, to create seats. Center the beams into place, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.
In order to add more support to the picnic table, you need to fit diagonal braces. Use a saw to make the angle cuts to both eds of the beams. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Fit the braces to the frame of the picnic table. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the braces into place tightly.
This picnic table is super sturdy and has a rustic appearance.
This 8 foot picnic table is super easy to build and it will add value to your garden. This table with benches would go perfectly near a bbq. Fill the holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint or stain to enhance the look of the picnic table.If you like my project, don’t forget to SHARE it on Facebook and Pinterest.
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