Kids picnic table plans

This step by step diy project is about kids picnic table plans. If you want to learn more about building a pirate picnic table, pay attention to this project. Follow the instructions and pay attention to the diagrams and build the wooden outdoor table for your children in just one weekend, even if you are a beginner when it comes to woodworking. Make sure your pet has enough room to turn around.

You should always plan everything from the very beginning, in order to prevent costly mistakes and to save time. Taking into account the neat design, this picnic table can match the style of any backyard. Mark the cut lines on the slats before making the cuts and use a jigsaw to get the job done. If you are looking for other designs or sizes, you should check out the rest of the animal plans.

There are a few tips that you should take into account, if you want to get a professional result. Therefore, take accurate measurements and use professional tool when making the cuts or when drilling pilot holes. Align the components at both ends and add waterproof glue to the joints, if you want to create a rigid structure. Round the exposed edges with sandpaper or by using a good router.

 

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Kids picnic table plans

Building a kids picnic table

Building a kids picnic table

 

Materials

  • A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 26 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 13″ long 2xSIDE
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 45″ long, 2 pieces – 15 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 37″ long BRACES
  • C – 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 45″ long, 2 pieces – 19 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 23 3/4″ long 2xSIDE
  • D – 2 piece of 1×4 lumber – 44 1/2″ long 2xFACE
  • E – 5 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long TABLETOP
  • F – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long 2xSEAT
  • G – 6 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 6″x6″ long TRIMS

 

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses, Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

 

Tips

  • Use a good miter saw to make the angle cuts
  • Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws

 

Time

  • One Week

 

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How to build a kids picnic table

Building the side frames

Building the side frames

 

The first step of the project is to build the side frames out of 2×4 lumber. Cut both ends of the components at the right-angled. Drill pilot holes through the seat supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the tabletop supports.

 

Fitting the supports

Fitting the supports

 

Fit 2×4 braces to the side legs of the picnic table. Cut both ends of the braes at the right angle. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes and secure the braces to the legs using 2 1/2″ screws.

Smart Tip: Use a spirit level to make sure the braces are horizontal.

 

Fitting the stretcher

Fitting the stretcher

 

In order to enhance the rigidity of the structure, we recommend you to fit a 2×4 stretcher to the kids picnic bench. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the stretcher and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the side braces. Make sure the sides are plumb and check if the corners are right-angled.

 

Building the sides

Building the sides

 

Build the exterior side walls out of 1×4 lumber. Cut the ends of the slats at 75 degrees and secure them to the frame using 1 1/4″ brad nails. Leave no gaps between the components.

 

Fitting the end slats

Fitting the end slats

 

Continue the woodworking project by fitting the slats to the front and back faces of the picnic table. Cut the 1×4 slats at the right size and secure them into place using 1 1/4″ screws. Align the edges with great care and pre-drill the components, to prevent the wood from splitting.

 

Building the tabletop slats

Building the tabletop slats

 

Build the tabletop of the picnic table out of 2×4 lumber. Place the slats equally-spaced, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the supports. Smooth the edges with fine-grit sandpaper and remove the residues.

 

Fitting the seat slats

Fitting the seat slats

 

One of the last steps of the project is to attach the 2×4 slats to the structure, in order to build the seats. Align the components with attention, drill pilot holes and secure them to the braces using 2 1/2″ galvanizied screws.

 

Fitting the exterior trims

Fitting the exterior trims

 

If you want to get the project done in a professional manner, we recommend you to attach decorative trims to the sides of the pirate picnic bench. Mark the cut lines on the plywood sheets and get the job done with a jigsaw. Smooth the edges with fine-grit sandpaper and secure the trims to the sides using 1 1/4″ brad nails. Add glue to enhance the bond of the components.

 

Kids picnic table plans

Kids picnic table plans

 

Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. In order to get a professional result, fill the holes and the gaps with wood filler and let it dry out for a few hours.  Check if there are protruding screws and fix this issue, if necessary.

Smart tip: Apply a few coats of stain or exterior paint to the components, in order to protect them from decay and water damage. Check out the rest of the indoor furniture plans featured on our website.

 

 

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