This step by step woodworking project is about folding picnic table plans. This is a super simple bench I have designed so you can get the job done in just one weekend, using just 2x4s and screws. This garden bench is extremely sturdy and features a nice appearance so you can use it in any decor. You can adjust the size of the bench to suit your needs. 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
Folding Picnic Table Plans
- A – 2 piece of 2×4 lumber – 69″ long, 4 pieces – 11 3/4″ long SEAT FRAME
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 14 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 16″ long LEGS
- C – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 72″ long, 2 pieces – 14 3/4″ long SEAT
- D – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 5 3/8″ long, 1 piece – 7 3/8″ long, 1 piece – 15 3/8″ long, 1 piece – 10″ long 2xARMRESTS
- E – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 72″ long BACKREST
- 20 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′ (for 2 benches)
- 2 1/2″ pocket screws, 2 1/2″ screws,
- paint, glue, putty
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- One Day
Building a picnic table bench
The first step of the project is to build the seat frame for the folding picnic table. Cut the components to size and then assemble the frame with 2 1/2″ pocket screws. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the 11 3/4″ components. Make sure the corners are square and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them together tightly. Add glue to the joints and leave no gaps between the components.
Build the legs for the bench from 2×4 lumber. Cut both ends of the back legs at 75 degrees and smooth the cut edges with sandpaper.
Attach the legs to the seat frame. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes through the legs and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the seat. Add waterproof glue to the joints for more bond between the components.
Attach the 2×4 slats to the seat of the bench. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure them into place tightly.
Build these 2×4 supports for the seat, so you can install the backrest into place.
Fit the supports to the seat of the folding picnic table, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and secure the supports into place with 2 1/2″ screws.
Build the armrests from 2×4 lumber. Make all the angle cuts at 75 degrees (make 15 degree cuts using a miter saw).
Assembling the armrests together using 2 1/2″ screws and glue.
Lay 2×4 slats on a level surface and then lay the armrests into place. Drill pilot holes through the armrest and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the back slats.
Fit the backrests to the seats, as shown in the diagram. Use hinges to secure the backrest to the seat, so you can fold it up and down. In this manner, the picnic table bench will be easily converted into a table. You can join two benches together so you can make a large picnic table.
Fill the holes with wood putty and let it dry out for a few days. Smooth the surface with sandpaper and then apply a few coats of paint or of stain to enhance the look of the project.
This is a neat design that is ideal if you have a small space but you want both garden benches and a roomy picnic table
This is a nice 8 ft long bench. You can adjust the size of the project easily so it suits your needs and tastes. If you like my project, don’t forget to SHARE it on Facebook and Pinterest.
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