Convertible Table

Double up on your backyard enjoyment. This two-in-one project combines a classic picnic table with a relaxing pair of benches in an impressive multi-purpose piece of furniture.

Processing time is minimal because there are no complex cuts, just a few angle cuts on a miter saw. After the two bench seats are assembled, it's on to the arm assemblies and backrest. These four components then come together so the arm assemblies rotate to allow the backrests to become a tabletop.

Tackle this project if you'd like to spend a little time in the shop and extend your time outdoors. The dual function truly maximizes this piece's value, and you'll likely finding yourself switching between benches and tabletop often enough to consider building this project again for a friend or loved one.

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COST:

TIME: 5 Hrs

SKILL:

Convertible Table

Materials

  • (8) 2 x 4 x 10' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (1) 2 x 6 x 12' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (1) 2 x 2 x 8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (6) 5/4 x 6 x 12' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (1) 1/2 lb box 2" wood screws + appropriate bits
  • (1) 1/2 lb box 2 1/2" wood screws + appropriate bits
  • (4) 2" galvanized hinges
  • (2) 4" galvanized barrel locks
  • Preferred wood finish

Cut List

  • A. (4) 2 x 4 x 13 3/4"*
  • B. (4) 2 x 4 x 17 5/8"
  • C. (4) 2 x 4 x 21"*
  • D. (4) 2 x 4 x 17 7/8"*
  • E. (4) 2 x 4 x 49 1/4"
  • F. (4) 2 x 4 x 15 1/4"*
  • G. (4) 2 x 4 x 8"*
  • B. (4) 2 x 4 x 7 7/8"
  • C. (4) 2 x 4 x 14 1/4"*
  • D. (2) 2 x 6 x 49 1/4"
  • E. (6) 2 x 2 x 15 1/4"
  • F. (12) 5⁄4 x 6 x 60"

Requires detail cuts.

Tools

  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Miter saw
  • Drill/driver
  • Combination countersunk bit (with 2" long 1/8" bit)
  • Clamps (two at least 12" long)
  • Radial sander