Introduction: Picnic Table

This instructable is for a large diy wooden picnic table which is easier to step in than a traditional picnic table.
It is made completely of two by fours (89x38)

Step 1: Layout - Cutlist

second pic is metric ,third imperial.

If you are going to use a miter saw remember that most miter saw gauges are set up off 90 degrees to the back of the fence! (
So for 51,2 degrees you have to set your saw to 38,8 .

Step 2: 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 the pictures for a larger version of the picture.
A google sketchup version can be downloaded here

Step 3: The Table

For the legs of the table you need to cut out a piece for each leg.

Step 4: 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 5: In Inches


JorshWarsh made it! (author)2017-08-05

Awesome design. Thank you for helping me with my questions. I made it. Just gotta putty and sand. Thanks again.

JorshWarsh (author)2017-08-02

For the table leg X's, how do I go about making those?

André B (author)JorshWarsh2017-08-04

put bots legs on top of each other and measure everything (there's also some extra measurements in the comments below)

draw the lines against the leg.

cut with a handsaw , take the rest out with a chisel halfway through the leg.

JorshWarsh (author)André B2017-08-04

Do you make all the measurements before cutting or do you cut the angles and then measure? I could make this work if I knew what length to cut the raw board to. Then I could mark everything off, cut the angles and then cut the notches. I really appreciate the help.

André B made it! (author)JorshWarsh2017-08-04

maybe these pics will help .

one in millimeters and one in inch.

JorshWarsh (author)André B2017-08-04

Thank you for responding. I will do this.

sysramm23 made it! (author)2017-06-24

My first major DIY project. I made it 8 feet long and just had to add some additional supports do to the extra length. Wife loves it, great design!

kstjean (author)sysramm232017-07-18

Can you share how you adjusted the measurements elsewhere to be able to make it an 8' table?

ityeti made it! (author)2017-05-02

My Build:

ityeti made it! (author)ityeti2017-06-14

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neildp (author)2017-06-04

Hi Andre,
Do you screw it together through the top of the seats and table top (i.e. The screws are visible) or is there a way to connect without the screw heads showing?

André B made it! (author)neildp2017-06-05

Hello, i did screw everything through the top.

But it is possible to do it from the bottom in many different ways.

It can be done with angled steel or a piece of plywood or sheet metal.

PetruC5 made it! (author)2017-05-02

I salvaged some wood (3.5x7 cm), plywood, laminate.

And adjusted the sizes a bit to meet my requirements.

Needs some final touches and some paint.

bullardteen made it! (author)2016-10-30

Thanks for the design! Had a bunch of scrap 2x4's from a previous project, so it was a perfect way to use it up. Struggled a bit with the table support cuts, so that part is a bit sloppy.

fjhuman (author)2016-09-29

Can someone please clarify on the Imperial measurements? This may seem like a silly question. But for measurements such as 11,69 or 13,08, how are these suppose to actually be read? 11" and...? How does the 69 translate?

André B (author)fjhuman2016-09-30

Maybe these pics are better.

fjhuman (author)André B2016-09-30

Amazing, thank you! Will be trying this out today.

BorealCoder made it! (author)2016-08-24

Excellent set of plans. The only improvements I could think of would be the addition of a lumber list and cut list in inches, and the option for a higher table height.

André B (author)BorealCoder2016-08-27

Looks like you have the X's at an angle of 45, this would explain the lower height.

With the correct angles it would be 71cm (27,95 inch) from floor to the underside of the table.

Brakelterry made it! (author)2016-06-27

I loved the looks of this table when I saw it and needed to build it! Made it in one day and it looks great. I also had issues with the Table legs (the X's) but I adjusted as I needed to. I also raised the bottom frame up because I am 6 foot 4 and the table height was to low. Overall I love it! I used pressure treated brown to match my deck I built.

Picnic table 2.jpgPicnic table side view.jpg
leonidas711 (author)Brakelterry2016-06-28

where can i get a list of the pieces and measurements? I downloaded the pdf, but it is not very clear.

André B (author)leonidas7112016-06-30

You can click on the pictures and print them.

marvinfb79 (author)2016-06-07

What type of wood did you use? Treated or untreated?

André B (author)marvinfb792016-06-09

mine was treated ,

Lutherbelle made it! (author)2016-06-09

Adjusted all the measurements to the nearest 1/4"; kinda silly to try to build something in metric with lumber that was specifically cut in imperial (2"x4" nominal 1.5" by 3" actual)
I mean i understand the whole pertinacious European thing, but imperial has its place.
I used 22 ea 2"x4"x8' with very little waste.
Came out awesome, great job Andre` B

It took 22ea 96" 2x4's

Lutherbelle (author)Lutherbelle2016-06-09

1.5" by 3.5" actual. Wheres the darn edit button? :-)

RyanR146 (author)2016-05-23

What were the degree of the legs cut to ? Me and my buddies have been stumped for over a day now and we've done multiple different calculations and cannot figure it out

André B (author)RyanR1462016-05-24

A common mistake is that most miter saw gauges are set up off 90 degrees to the back of the fence! (
So for 51,2 degrees you have to set your saw to 38,8 .
Maybe these pics wil help you to .

tchase1 (author)2016-04-14

nothing like showing somethng that people would be interested in,providing a link to download the instructions only to find out that they want you to pay for them.

Unclebulgaria made it! (author)2016-01-18

Great Instructable gave me the confidence to build, this is the 1st thing I've every built) I adjusted the plans somewhat mainly due to space limitations.

I finished it with Sikkens Cetol 7 and TBH I'm very pleased with it

Thanks André

TracieH1 (author)2016-01-13

I built this table but I altered the plans that would accommodate a glass top. I will post pictures when I get the other one built. I am excited to get it all done. Mine is also connected. I figured it would be best for better support since the glass weighs 250 lbs.

MasonN4 (author)2015-10-20

cutting list ??

JamesW111 (author)2015-10-11

Which woodworking plans site is best? Anybody have some good

JoeE10 (author)2015-10-09

Would you be able to post a cutting list for this build as it would help people know the amount of lumber needed. Much appreciated.

André B (author)JoeE102015-10-11

I added an extra step .

mayby not a cutting list but maybe it helps.

bobsaffeas (author)2015-10-05

What is the measurements for this I can't tell.

André B (author)bobsaffeas2015-10-05

All the measurements are in the photos

Unclebulgaria (author)2015-09-29

1st ever build adjusted from the original due to space limitations thanks to everyone on here particularly Andre B I wouldn't have had the confidence without your stories and excellent designs.
Here's my handiwork

ryanpmcg (author)2015-08-20

How do you connect the end pieces on the table and benches?

André B (author)ryanpmcg2015-08-20

I've just put some screws in the side.

It's better to also put a steel corner brace under it or use some dowels.

tyclark24 (author)2015-07-24

can you explain how you cut halfway into the 2x4 for the table legs

MichaelS109 made it! (author)2015-07-19

I made mine from recycled lumber from a deck which was getting removed. Very happy with the design think it works well for kids

Thanks for sharing

jongorans (author)2015-06-28

I was searching for something to build and happened to see this. I built this over the weekend, all I have to do is sand her down and stain it. It is 8 Ft long and stands about 33 inches tall. A little taller than most but I am 6' 4". Used 2 x 6 for the legs and nothing but screws. Thanks for the inspiration. My wife posted on Facebook and now everyone wants one!

CantCacheMe made it! (author)2015-06-28

I had a hard time cutting out exactly half way on each 2x4, so my legs weren't lined up. I ended up moving them to the inside of the table and placing 2x3s joined as an L under the table legs to help the table from rocking and making it look more secure. it's taken me some time to get it done, but it's been a fun project and learning opportunity. I ended up applying a strain to it when I finished and painted my company logo on it. thanks for sharing.

André B (author)2015-06-24

Its best to do both.
and do the side screws before you attach the second cross pieces.
see image.
good luck.

André B (author)André B2015-06-24

checked it on my benches. i have the side screws but not the top screws .

so if you don't want to many screws in the top ,it's not necessary.

bcemail (author)2015-06-24

Looks great, can't wait to make it. Can you explain how you attached the long support piece on the bottom of the bench to the bench? Did you screw down through the top of the bench? Or did you screw at an angle into the short cross pieces attached to the bench legs?


Slowhero01 (author)2015-06-16

looking to start this fun project for the weekend but need to know how much material im need to buy can somebody please help me?

BaljinderS (author)2015-02-18

Hi do you have video lesson? I am confused on how to attach the table to the legs keeping the space between each 2x4.

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