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You should always plan everything from the very beginning, in order to prevent costly mistakes and to save time. In most of the cases, you need a friend to give you a hand when assembling the garden picnic table. Invest in high quality lumber and plywood, as the components will be exposed to bad weather. Protect the components with appropriate paint or stain.
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 tools 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
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Long picnic table plans
- A – 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 40″ long LEGS
- B – 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 70″ long SEAT SUPPORTS
- C – 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 29″ long TABLETOP SUPPORTS
- C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 65 1/4″ long DIAGONAL BRACES
- D – 5 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 144″ long TABLETOP
- E – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 144″ long SEAT
- Safety gloves, glasses, Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Use a good miter saw to make the angle cuts
- Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws
- One Week
How to build a 12′ Picnic table
The first step of the project is to build the legs for the picnic table. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to cut both ends of the legs at 60 degrees. Smooth the cut edges with fine-grit sandpaper and remove the residues.
Build the seat supports out of 2×4 lumber. Cut both ends in a decorative manner, as shown in the free plans. Attach the braces to the legs, making sure all components are perfectly aligned. Drill pilot holes through the braces and through the legs. Afterwards, insert 5″ carriage bolts to lock everything together tightly.
The next step of the project is to attach the tabletop supports to the legs. Make sure the top edges are flush and clamp them together tightly. Drill pilot holes through the components and insert 5″ carriage bolts. Leave no gaps between the components.
Lay the 2×6 tabletop slats on a level surface, making sure you leave 3/8″ between them. Lay the legs to the slats, as described in the diagram. Plumb the legs with a spirit level, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the tabletop slats.
In order to enhance the rigidity of the picnic table, we recommend you to install diagonal braces to the frame. Cut both ends of the braces at about 73 degrees and drill pocket holes at both ends.
Fit the seat slat to the supports, as shown in the image. Drill pilot holes through the slats and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the supports. Smooth the exposed edges with sandpaper. Alternatively, you could round the exterior corners with a jigsaw.
Plumb the legs with a spirit level, make sure the corners are right-angled and secure the diagonal braces to the table using 2 1/2″ screws. Leave no gaps between the components and add glue to enhance the bond of the components.
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.
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