Introduction: Picnic Table and Bench - 2 in 1

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This instructable is for an easy acces picnic table that folds to a bench in two seconds.

I couldn't find any designs that i liked so i created this one.

Ideal for a deck or area with limited space.

All the wood are two by fours (89x38)

A sketchup version can be downloaded here

Step 1: The Legs

Picture of The Legs

I used untreated 2x4 softwood which is glued and screwed .

If you use treated wood it needs special glue i think.

The triangle block in front of the legs isn't in the first picture ,ive put it on later to make it more stable.

Step 2: The Tops

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The short supports under the table are put on after assembly of the legs to make it easier to acces the hinges and to make a tight fit.

For the seat top i used 4 12mm (0.5 inch) steel rods.

First put three 2x4's together and drilled to almost the end.

Put some glue in the holes and placed some 15 mm (0.6) blocks between them and hit the rods in and clamped it.

Or maybe some other connection can be made with trench cuts .

Step 3: The Hinges

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I've modified the hinge for the seat to make the gap between the 2x4's

Step 4: The Support

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This piece is best made last to make if fit perfect

Step 5: The Top Lock

Picture of The Top Lock

This is what is made to lock the top so it won't tilt .

But a sliding lock could also be used.

Step 6: In Inches

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Step 7: Extra Bench

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I also made an extra bench to put my feet on and to add some extra seats for the picnic table.

Another option is to attach an extra bench on the legs.


SammyDale (author)2015-12-23

I think I will get better at building from schematics with experience. I think I can get this done but will create a pieces and cutting list to work from until I get used to working with schematics only. Thanks for you help and a great design.

LeonardoD2 (author)2015-08-11

How many 2X4's did you use?

André B (author)LeonardoD22015-08-11

About 30 meters in total

Yonatan24 (author)André B2015-12-23

Wow that's a lot!

LeonardoD2 (author)André B2015-08-11

thank you!

SammyDale (author)2015-12-22

I paid for a 2 year membership so I could build this bench/table. This is by far the best looking design I've seen. After downloading the instructions, however, I am confused as to what I need to cut to build this project. Is there an individual pieces and cutting list that goes with this that I'm not seeing? Also I could use assembly instructions. I think I have adequate skills to build this project but perhaps my skill level is not high enough to interpret the instructions. I paid $5 each for two other designs and although I don't like their designs, their instructions are easy to follow. I will see if some carpenter friends of mine can help me but would appreciate any suggestions you might have. Great looking design - Thanks

André B (author)SammyDale2015-12-23

All the measurements are in the pictures.
I think it's best to print them and number all the pieces .
Then cut the individual pieces .
Also all the measurements for assembly are in the pictures.
Good luck.

SammyDale (author)2015-12-18

I really like this design. I can't figure out how to purchase the plan. Is there a way I can purchase the plan and receive it via e-mail? I can't find any help on this web site but there are a lot of things I would like to get plans for building.

EbH (author)2015-09-05

can i tell you some? two by four (89x38) isn`t correct, it`s correct (5,08cm x 10,16cm), anyway thank for your proyect, from argentina. thank again

mr_marte (author)2015-08-29

Nice idea!!

Brodo79 (author)2015-08-21

Sorry, what do you mean with 2x4's

André B (author)Brodo792015-08-21
  • It's a common size of dimensional lumber named for its unprocessed dimensions, usually measuring 1½ × 3½ inches(38x89mm)
MikeH7 (author)2015-08-11

Very nice!! I will show the wife on the weekend. She had to go back to work but I am still on vacation. Your bench would look great around my new fire pit.

jeanniel1 (author)MikeH72015-08-17

I like your new firepit, too! What's it made of?

MikeH7 (author)jeanniel12015-08-18

I am very glad you like it, we do too. Thank You.

The pit itself is a crusher cone from a gravel company. It's about 3/4 inch steel and very heavy, about 500 lbs. The stones are made from a concrete mold. Quickcrete has a number of different ones. The biggest challenge was the 30'C+ temperatures we worked in to make the stones. There is of course a base of gravel below, to ensure a stable future.

jeanniel1 (author)2015-08-17

Love convertible stuff - and this one's so neat in design and clean lines. Great job.

Timmermannetje (author)2015-08-16

Great design

Good next project

Libelnl (author)2015-08-11

Super! Thanks!

Kathys Smokin (author)2015-08-11

Looks great and I really love dual purpose. Thank you for sharing.

agnaldops (author)2015-08-11

queria fazer um balango desse

Kathys Smokin (author)agnaldops2015-08-11

Eu acho que é um banco fresco e mesa também. Eu não falo Português , estou usando Traduz Google .

Wood Chuck (author)2015-08-11

Nice job

There is a variation to this plan available at 3D woodworking plans dot com

miltec (author)2015-08-11

I like the look but I cannot visualize how the bench swings into a table and where the locking tab goes. can you post some pictures of the back of the bench when in a seated position? great idea!!

André B (author)miltec2015-08-11

This is the table just before locking.

This is the link to youtube .

miltec (author)André B2015-08-11

thank you for the fast response, I checked on my computer and saw the video. for some reason it didn't come up on my phone. I will definitely try making this

chicotec (author)2015-08-11

What measures are the hinges ?

André B (author)chicotec2015-08-11

Four hinges are 25 cm long and 4 cm wide,

The two for the bench are 8 cm wide which i have bend and cut .

Cat00x (author)2015-08-11

Elegent design, very well done, thanks for sharing!

pfred2 (author)2015-08-09

It looks nice. I give it no chance for lasting in my yard though. My yard is the wood, and metal eater. That is due to the conditions. You'd have to see my yard to understand that. This is part of my yard. The stuff like mold, and fungus that lives in the woods just attacks everything. It would blow your mind what happens to wood left out in my yard.

hans.kellner (author)pfred22015-08-11

I've used recycled plastic 2x4 lumber which has resisted those issues. Works great and is very strong.

pfred2 (author)hans.kellner2015-08-11

Plastic would hold up by me. Mold still likes to grow on it here though. My house is vinyl sided and I have to disinfect, and pressure wash it regularly. There is this green mold here that lives on plastic. It can look rather unsightly. You would not even want to sit down on it. Or touch it. It is basically pond scum, without the pond. I don't know how else to describe it really. Tastes a bit like I'd imagine pond scum would too. When you're up a ladder blasting the stuff off not getting a taste of it is pretty hard to completely avoid.

The mold really likes to grow on lighter colors of plastic too. Yellow is its favorite as best as I can tell. Although it is not above living on white plastic either. It looks the worst on white too. Unless you happen to like fluorescent green that is.

blueaxe (author)2015-08-11

Way Smart!

AlexisJ1 (author)2015-08-11

Any way to seal it when it is assembled? Some sort of oil/wax/finish to keep bugs and nature from affecting it?

dollarseed (author)2015-08-11

Great design. I've been asked to build something like this for some of my friends, but couldn't find a design I liked until now. Thank you

Ralphxyz (author)2015-08-11

Wonderful I have just the perfect spot for this, thank you!!

treymartin82 (author)2015-08-11

How many total 2x4's did you need?

André B (author)treymartin822015-08-11

It's about 30 meters in total

rwood10 (author)2015-08-11

Excellent. I voted for you. This would be perfect for my needs.

Carleyy (author)2015-08-10

This table came out great!

JmsDwh (author)2015-08-10

Very nice! I like this design. It seems to be sturdier than the other convertible bench/tables I've seen.

NathanSellers (author)2015-08-10

This is radical! I love the concept and final product.

Two Paddles Design (author)2015-08-10

Wow, so clever. Thanks for sharing.

shazni (author)2015-08-09

Voted! I love 2x1 furniture :-). I tried to make one with a large pallet. But unfortunately ran out of wood. It's still laying about half done. The design is very basic. Not as beautiful and well planned as yours!

MechEngineerMike (author)2015-08-09

Thanks for sharing this design, I LOVE it!

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