Picture of picnic table
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
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

Picture of in inches

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?

drean (author)  Ian Cummings6 days 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.

drean (author) 23 days ago

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

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

warrior654 made it!23 days 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 :)

gruiz44 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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csheldon19 months 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)  csheldon19 months ago
wow ,that's long ,thanks for the photo's.
afrazee10 months ago
This is what I came up with. Some of the lengths I adjusted.
drean (author)  afrazee10 months ago
always nice to see pictures ,looks good .
iasi1311 months 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.
lareaud1 year ago
How nice man!
gthomas11 year ago
Awesome table! Do happen to have a parts list for how many boards? I would like to build one this weekend...
drean (author)  gthomas11 year 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 .
rhanson2942 years ago
How many board meters are there in this build?
drean (author)  rhanson2942 years ago
What are board meters ?.
I used cls (canadian lumber standard) two by fours (89mmx38mm).
The total lenth is about 46 meters .
dimtick2 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
casemill2 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.
suspect0072 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)  suspect0072 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_i2 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. :-(
KomaToast2 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.
hsahrc2 years ago
Thanks for the Metrics... most of the Instructables stuff are availableonly in inches! Will be doing this next weekend!!! Looks great and well thought out!
Marsh2 years ago
That's a good looking table. If I ever need one, this is the one I'm going to build!
skiedra2 years ago
Very well done!
MrLWJ2 years ago
A nice design, but as it appears that the stretcher between the bench uprights do not go between the legs. And you seem to have 4 bolts thru the legs. Other than friction what is to keep the bench from pivoting forward or backward under load?
Even with the top of the bench firmly against the ends of the legs, there is likely to be some play after a time. Unless I am missing something i would suggest a few deck screws as well as the bolts to prevent this.
drean (author)  MrLWJ2 years ago
I'm no expert , and this may be the weakest spot.
Eventualy there is gonne be some play ,but no sooner than on a original picnic table i think.
MrLWJ drean2 years ago
The difference is that with a traditional picnic table the legs form an X two triangles, extremely stable.
In your design the legs form a rectangle, so without extra bracing the four bolts will act as a pivot.
I only say this because in your drawing it appears the stretcher between the leg sets butts against the cross piece. If as pointed out elsewhere the stretcher passes between the legs, that would give greater stability.
That is why i suggested a few decks screws next to the bolts, they would help stop the possibility of pivoting. Otherwise a very handsome design, looks excellent.
mr.frob2 years ago
I love the look, simple yet elegant.
bulsatar2 years ago
With looks like if you would extend the center seat upright support through the "uprights" and then slot on both sides the "upright sandwiches" you would eliminate the play that would develop...doing the same on the bottom of the "uprights" and the long bottom extensions would secure it even more.

Great general design...will definitely use :)
jconway12 years ago
Dude that look like a fine picnic table and I'd like to have a go at making one. Please could you email me the sketchups as jpegs or pngs. I ask because the detail's not very clear on here. My email is

Thanx a million in advance.

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