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
- A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 27 1/4″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 39″ long, 1 piece – 37″ long FRAME
- C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 22″ long SUPPORTS
- D – 4 pieces of 2×4 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
- 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 10′
- 5 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 10′
- 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 8′
- 1 1/4 brad nails, 2 1/2″ screws
- 1 1/4″ screws
- stain, 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 children’s picnic table
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fit the 2×4 slats to the supports. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.
Build the braces for the kids picnic table from 2×4 lumber. Make angle cuts to both ends of the braces.
Fit the braces to the kids picnic table, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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