Sandbox Kids Picnic Table Plans

This step by step woodworking project is about sandbox kids picnic table plans. This project is ideal for your kids, as it provides both a play area and an area for eating or sipping a nice lemonade. You need 2x4s, 1x4s and 1x6s for this project. My plans come with step by step instructions and you can easily adjust all the dimensions 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.

 

 

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Sandbox Kids Picnic Table Plans

Building a sandbox picnic table

Building a sandbox picnic table

 

Materials

  • A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 27 1/4″ long LEGS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 42″ long, 1 piece – 37″ long FRAME
  • C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 22″ long SUPPORTS
  • D – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 48″ long TABLETOP
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 20″ long BRACES
  • F – 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 48″ long, 2 pieces – 23 1/2″ long TRAY
  • G – 6 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 49 1/2″ long, 3 pieces – 22″ long LID

Tools

Time

  • One Day

 

 

Building a children’s picnic table

Building the legs

Building the legs

The first step of the project is to build the legs for the picnic table. Use a miter saw to make the angle cuts properly. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.

Building the supports

Building the supports

Next, you need to build the 2×4 supports for the children’s picnic table. Cut the supports at the right size and shape, using the instructions in the diagram.

Fitting the supports

Fitting the supports

Align the supports to the legs, as shown in the diagram. Make sure you align everything with attention and clamp the components together with a few quick clamps. Drill pilot holes through the supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the legs. You at least two screws for each joint.

Fitting the stetcher

Fitting the stretcher

Build the stretcher for the picnic table from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the bottom supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the stretcher. Make sure the corners are square before inserting the screws for a neat result.

Fitting the tabletop slats

Fitting the tabletop slats

Attach the tabletop slats to the top of the picnic table. Align everything with attention, making sure there are no gaps between the slats. Insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure the slats to the top supports.

Attaching the seat slats

Attaching the seat slats

Fit the 2×4 slats to the supports. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.

Diagonal braces

Diagonal braces

Build the braces for the kids picnic table from 2×4 lumber. Make angle cuts to both ends of the braces.

Fitting the diagonal braces

Fitting the diagonal braces

Fit the braces to the kids picnic table, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.

Building the lid

Building the lid

Build the lid from 1×4 slats, using the information from the diagram. Lay the slats on a level surface and place a piece of 1/2″ plywood between them, so you create even gaps. Attach the supports so you lock everything together tightly. Drill pilot holes through the supports and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the lid slats.

Building the tray

Building the tray

Attach 1×6 slats to the top of the kids picnic table, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 1/4″ screws so you lock everything into place tightly. Add waterproof glue to the joints and leave no gaps between the components.

Fitting the lid

Fitting the lid

Fit the lid to the top of the tray and you have a really nice children’s picnic table. Make sure you align the edges with attention and smooth everything with 120-220 grit sandpaper.

Children's picnic table

Children’s picnic table

Fill the holes with wood putty and then smooth the surface even with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Make sure you staple some landscape fabric to the top tray, so you don’t let the moisture damage the wooden components. Apply a few coats of paint or stain to enhance the look of the woodworking project and to protect the components from the elements.

Sandbox picnic table plans

Sandbox picnic table plans

This kids picnic table features a nice top sandbox. You can easily take the lid out and transform the table into a beautiful sandbox that will keep your kids entertained for hours. If you like my project, don’t forget to SHARE it on Facebook and Pinterest.

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