YellaWood® Outdoor Building Project Plans

Build a Picnic Table

Estimated Cost: $$$$

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Total: 8 hours

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This project makes a table that features seating for up to eight adults with separate benches for unencumbered leg room.It all starts with constructing the table and bench tops, followed by the leg systems. The half-lap joints on the legs are easy to create and add a touch of charm.

A final sanding and coating of protection will have this table ready for action.An easy weekend project, this set will soon become the central gathering point for your backyard.

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  • (10) 2 x 6 x 8' (or (10) 2 x 6 x 10')
  • (10) 2 x 4 x 8' (or (5) 2 x 4 x 10')
  • (5) ¼" thick spacers from scrap
  • 2" deck screws ~ 1lb. box
  • 4" deck screws ~ 1lb. box
  • (12) ¼" x 3 ½" galvanized carriage bolts
  • (6) ¼" x 4 ½" galvanized carriage bolts
  • (18) ¼" galvanized cut washers and nuts
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  • A. (10) 2 x 6 'x 72"
  • B. (2) 2 x 4' x 33"
  • C. (4) 2 x 4' x 38 ¼"
  • D. (2) 2 x 4' x 23 ¼"
  • E. (4) 2 x 4' x 11"
  • F. (8) 2 x 4' x 19 7/8"
  • G. (4) 2 x 4' x 15 ½"
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Miter saw
Miter saw
Table saw
Table saw
Drill/driver
Drill/driver
Measuring tape
Measuring tape
Chisel
Chisel
⅜" drill bit at least 5" long
⅜" drill bit at least 5" long
1" dia. spade or forstner bit
1" dia. spade or forstner bit
#8 countersink bi (or size appropriate)
#8 countersink bi (or size appropriate)
Combination square
Combination square
Socket wrench set
Socket wrench set
Wood glue
Wood glue
Damp rag to wipe up excess glue
Damp rag to wipe up excess glue
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Instructions

arrow arrow arrowStep 1: Table Top

  1. 1

    After cutting 6 parts (A), 2 parts (B), and the five 1/4" spacers, lay out 6 parts (A) on an assembly table with best faces down and place the spacers between the slats.
    TIP
    Chop ~1/4" off each board edge from your stock purchase to ensure a fresh and square end.

  2. 2

    Ensure the ends of the slats are square, and clamp parts (A) together.

  3. 3

    Next, place parts (B) on either side of the short end 8" from the edge of slats (A). Draw a line on the outside of where they are and then remove them. Mark points on each part (A) inward half the thickness of (B) - about 3/4" from this line.

  4. 4

    Mark points the same distances on the top edges of parts (B) - this should be the halfway point of the board thickness. Drill pilot holes through the points on (A) and (B), and then countersink the holes on (B).

  5. 5

    Align (B)s on top of (A) and connect with glue and 4" deck screws.

arrow arrow arrowStep 2: Bench Tops

  1. 6

    After cutting 4 parts (A) and 2 parts (E), lay out 2 sets of 2 parts (A) on an assembly table with best faces down and place the spacers you used on Step 1 between the slats.

  2. 7

    Ensure the ends of the slats are square, and clamp parts (A) together.

  3. 8

    Next, place parts (E) on either side of the short end 8" from the edge of slats (A). Draw a line on the outside of where they are and then remove them. Mark points on each part (A) inward half the thickness of (B) - about 3/4" from this line.

  4. 9

    Mark points the same distances on the top edges of parts (E) - this should be the halfway point of the board thickness. Drill pilot holes through the points on (A) and (E), and then countersink the holes on (E).

  5. 10

    Align (E)s on top of (A) and connect with glue and 4" deck screws.

arrow arrow arrowStep 3: Table Leg System

  1. 11

    After cross-cutting parts (C) and (F), lay them on an assembly table and pencil- mark the best face.

  2. 12

    With the best side facing outward, take 2 part (C)s and 2 part (F)s and make two Xs on the table. Ensure the ends are square and the height is 28" for the table leg system and 16 1/2" for the bench leg system. Trace on both legs where they intersect.

  3. 13

    Make another set for the table legs and 3 more sets for the bench legs; 2 total Xs for the table and 4 total Xs for the benches.

  4. 14

    Set your circular or miter saw to a depth of half the board’s thickness (~ "3) and make several passes between the traced line limits for all six Xs.
    TIP
    Go less than half the thickness of your board stock and dry-fit to ensure you don’t cut too much the first time. Raise the saw blade until the right dimension is achieved.

  5. 15

    Carefully remove any ridges left by the saw blade with a wood chisel for a clean and square lap joint. Secure the lap joint with wood glue and two 2" deck screws.

arrow arrow arrowStep 4: Assembly

  1. 16

    With the table top upside down, center the leg assembly onto the outside of the part (B) on the table and drill two 8" pilot holes through both. Attach with two washers and 3 1⁄2" carriage bolts plus nuts.

  2. 17

    Fit the brace (D) between the leg assembly and slat bottoms, ensuring it is square to the slats. Toe-screw the brace to the underside of the slats and drill a 8" pilot hole through the brace where the legs intersect.
    TIP
    Countersink the pilot hole on the brace to provide a flat surface for the washer and nut of the carriage bolt.

  3. 18

    Repeat steps 16 and 17 for the benches, substituting brace (G) for brace (D).

  4. 19

    Fasten all braces to their tops with washers and 4 1⁄2" carriage bolts plus nuts.

  5. 20

    Have a friend help you flip the assembled table over, being careful to not use the legs as rotation points.

arrow arrow arrowStep 5: Finishing

  1. 21

    Ease any sharp edges with a medium grit sanding block. Apply preferred finish to the wood.