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This instructable is for a large diy wooden picnic table  which is easy to step in.
The picnic table in the construction pictures is one without the corners under 45 degrees like in the first picture.
It is made completely of two by fours (89x38)
 
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Step 1: The two benches

Picture of the two benches
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I used some m8 threaded rods to connect the leg constructions.
In total is have used 24 each 16 cm and have cut them when the table was ready.
Some coach bolt will even look better.
For the other connections i used wood screws of 80mm.
Click on "i" in the upper left corner of the pictures and than choose original file for a larger version of the picture.
A google sketchup version can be downloaded here

Step 3: Screw it all together

The legs of the table must not be lower than the connection two by fours .
The horizontal connections are 50mm of the floor so it won't wobble on an uneven surface.


Step 4: In inches

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ryanpmcg2 months ago

Has anyone had any problems with the design? I'm figuring up the materials I need and all the different boards I need. I just want to find out the problems before I build it that I can make adjustments if needed.

Kunihiko made it!2 months ago

A 5 foot version here, attached on the side is a little bronze ornament that I bought in Myanmar as souvenir. Thank you for the great plans. It looks great in Japanese garden as well! We love it!!!

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ryanbouwmeester made it!3 months ago

My final version. Made a few adjustments such as lengthening the table to 7ft, using 2x6 trim for outer boards and inner table board but for the most part followed the plans.

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Wayno15 made it!4 months ago

I made a slightly modified version with detached benches and straight legs on the table to match the benches (plus it was easier to do on my own). Excuse the blocks under it, the garden isn't level and the missus wants something to sit on to watch me build the deck.

I used a total of 22 x 2.4m lengths.

She just has to decide what colour we want it now.

Thanks for the excellent inspiration.

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doflagie made it!6 months ago

Me Too!! Me Too!! Love the looks of this table, so much that I tried one. The table ended up with straight legs rather than crossed...

Two pics for you. Nekkid and dressed :-)

Great Design, Thanks

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Jayka6 months ago

Our picnic table :) Thank you for the plans we love it!

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Ian Cummings7 months ago

Hi, I'm interested in building this table, but our budget is a little tight. How much did it cost you for all the wood and supplies?

Its roughly about $125...2x4s are about $80, screws are gonna getcha, I think I bought the 5 lb box ( which is twice as much as you need) for about $30 & Nuts/bolts cant remember but like I said its close to $125 not counting anything extra as far as sanding paper or paint,sealer whatever else you might have in mind. Sorry for late reply just saw it...

drean (author)  Ian Cummings7 months ago

I don't know the prices in your country ,but if i was to build it here in europe it would cost me about 90 euro .You will need about 48 meters of 2x4's and some screws and M8 parts.

sra1369 made it!6 months ago

Any Dallas Cowboys fans?!?!? Here is mine :) . Wanting to maybe do one with cooler in middle, any suggestions on what would work best? I heard rain gutters but looking for several ideas. Thanks guys!!

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drean (author) 8 months ago

Don't know if you like them ,but i made two adirondack chairs with 2x4's

https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model.html?id=6d7e2a734710510375e36e88b6617f01

warrior654 drean8 months ago

I was looking at making something in the same style of the picnic table, but thanks.

warrior654 made it!8 months ago

Made this last year,

Think its great! the instructions were clear and precise.

Thinking of making a small bench and maybe some chairs this year, any advice/ help would be great :)

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gruiz412 months ago
Thank you for the Plans! Great Table... I made my version of it with two sets of fire pits for those cold nights.
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csheldon11 year ago
Thanks Dean! We made a 10 foot version, added a third support and even made a bench out of the leftover 2x4s. Superb design.

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drean (author)  csheldon11 year ago
wow ,that's long ,thanks for the photo's.
afrazee1 year ago
This is what I came up with. Some of the lengths I adjusted.
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drean (author)  afrazee1 year ago
always nice to see pictures ,looks good .
iasi131 year ago
Nice work, but I thinkI I will put in the bank and a backrest
clazman1 year ago
Again, as with your other projects this well thought out.

I would consider using a single 2 X 6 for the seat supports to replace the 2ea 2 X 4's used here. No, on second thought, I like your dual 2X 4's it is more appealing!
Cable691 year ago
how many 2x4s would a guy need to build this picnic table?
drean (author)  Cable691 year ago
the total length is about 48 meters.
lareaud2 years ago
How nice man!
gthomas12 years ago
Awesome table! Do happen to have a parts list for how many boards? I would like to build one this weekend...
drean (author)  gthomas12 years ago
I believe the total length is about 48 meters .
Have fun building it.
shazni2 years ago
does the table sway?
drean (author)  shazni2 years ago
I have the table for almost a year now without any sway.
Maybe after a few years or earlier when you use it a lot there might be some sway.
But tightening the bolts will fix that.
And you could put some screws next to the bolts .
scottydh2 years ago
Simple and wonderful - Inspired me to build my own as an addition to my deck; here it is before stain and finish!

Thank you for sharing!
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drean (author)  scottydh2 years ago
No thanks,
Great to see some pics of another one.
Good job .
rhanson2943 years ago
How many board meters are there in this build?
drean (author)  rhanson2943 years ago
What are board meters ?.
I used cls (canadian lumber standard) two by fours (89mmx38mm).
The total lenth is about 46 meters .
dimtick3 years ago
i think the table may be susseptable to some side sway. When I've built tables I've put diagonal from each x frame to the table top. Found a picture on the internet that at least gives the idea. may also help to add a stiffner board under the table top like what you did under each bench.

other than that GREAT JOB!!
Nice Sketchup work
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casemill3 years ago
That is the most amazing and detailed plan that I have come across on instructables. I only wish my google sketch up skills were so good. You are amazing.
suspect0073 years ago
Good looking table, but the measurements are hard to make out in the plans. Also a more detailed material list would be better.
drean (author)  suspect0073 years ago
If you click on the "I" in the upper left corner of the pic's.
And than click on "original file" you will get a clearer version.
avatar_i3 years ago
Beautiful! I LIKE it! I'm going to do one first chsnce I get.
Great looking table!

KomaToast: Could you built it with the benches to slip out like
GrumpyOldGoat suggests, but maybe make the tables legs
'slide' [?] down to a collapsable...?

I've been awake going on 28 hours, so maybe not he best time
to try and figure out changes to a design. :-(
KomaToast3 years ago
Nice job, very well constructed and looks good too.


Now I have a challenge for you.

Make it fold up so it will fit in the back of a pick-up truck so you can take it camping.

Hinge the table and bench legs so they will fold flat to the bottom of the table top and benches.

Redesign the end base pieces so that instead of bolting through the legs, the legs slide into slots.

Create deeper pockets for the legs by adding another 2X4 on each side of the pockets for added stability, but make sure that you do not add height to the 'step thru' sections.

That way you can lift the benches and table clear of the bases sections, fold everything up and toss it in the truck.

And now, unless you add a stretcher close to the mid point on the legs, you WILL have a stability problem.

Quick and dirty enough for you? :=}
I built a folding picnic table in the early '80's to take camping. Used it up until '99 when I moved and left it behind, should have kept it.
It would fit in the back of the truck on top of all the camping gear and keep things in place and not blow out on the road.
It was made with 1x4's much like you described.
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