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This instructable is for a large diy wooden picnic table which is easier to step in than a traditional picnic table.
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)

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

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ryanpmcg14 days ago
How do you connect the end pieces on the table and benches?
André B (author)  ryanpmcg14 days ago

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.

tyclark241 month ago
can you explain how you cut halfway into the 2x4 for the table legs
André B (author)  tyclark241 month ago
MichaelS109 made it!1 month ago

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

jongorans2 months ago

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!2 months ago
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) 2 months ago
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 B2 months ago

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.

bcemail2 months ago

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?


Slowhero012 months ago

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?

BaljinderS6 months ago

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

I'm confused too.
McEnzo TracieH12 months ago
Which part do you need help with?
McEnzo made it!2 months ago
Finished mine today. Used 2 x 6 for the edges, thanks for the design!
ineverfinishanyth made it!3 months ago
just finished mine, thanks for the awesome design!
sra1369 made it!1 year 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!!

JanxAngel sra13693 months ago

Hey there. Even though this is late, here's an 'ible you might like if you didn't see it already. http://www.instructables.com/id/Picnic-Table-Drink-Trough/

Caverly333 months ago
What bolts are being use for this.
Wayno15 made it!1 year 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.


Thanks for the inspiration on the inspiration =]

elliotjohn3 months ago

Here's a version with detached benches & cast legs for the table which I had laying around from a previous built & dismantled project... Pressure treated brown w/ stainless fasteners.


Mitchy_B made it!4 months ago
I am not 100% done yet, as I just need to stain the project. I moddified this project in length to be 10 ft long. I also needed to add a support leg in the middle to prevent sagging of the middle boards. Turned out very stable and eye appleasing. I desided to use a oak/maple stain. I moddified this project via sketchup
Mitchy_B Mitchy_B4 months ago

I also used carriage bolts (8 Inch long) to give a nicer finish with washers on the other side, just grind the ends off to make it smaller. I also found instead of toe nailing the screws to the bench and table top i pre drilled a hole and counter sinked it then made my own plugs from a bit i put into a drill press. I glued them then cut them off flush with the bench/table then sanded. If you do this make sure the grain matches the with the other wood. Another thing i did was add more support to the bench by changing the design to add two pieces of wood instead of one where you sit making it stronger as i needed it to support more people for its length. More Images soon!

tlehockey6 months ago

Can someone just build this and I'll buy it?

KyleW17 months ago

Suppose i want to use 2x6s for the borders, how would you go about joining them? Would you use metal brackets underneath the seats and table top? I'm currently working on this project and it's going along great thanks to your instructable! Just could use some more expirienced advice. Almost gave my thumb for it yesterday.

André B (author)  KyleW17 months ago
When i build mine i thought about using brackets because the wood was a bit twistet .so yes brackets ,or pins .
johnininman made it!8 months ago

This is my version I made for someone who is a Yankees fan. Iit was fun thank you for the great directions.

ryanpmcg11 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!11 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!1 year 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.

Prodip_521 year ago
doflagie made it!1 year 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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Jayka1 year ago

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


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...

André B (author)  Ian Cummings1 year 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.

André B (author) 1 year 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!1 year 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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