Intro: DIY Children's Picnic Table
Hey guys! I am beyond excited to share this project with you today! This little picnic table is my first truly functional piece and I just love how it turned out..
so much so – I can’t. stop. making. them.
Ha! I have taken pictures of every step of this build and hope that this visual tutorial will be of some help!
Believe me when I say… if I can build this, YOU can build this!
Thank you so much to Ana White for her FREE plans for this table! You can find the exact plans and cut-list, that I used at Ana-White.com. Search "Preschool Picnic Table".
A few changes I made to the original plans: I used nothing but 1 1/4″ screws. Ana suggests 2″ screws in some spots, however because I countersink my screws, I was able to stick with the one size. This project cost me approximately $22.50 to build ~ not bad, eh?
Here we go...
Step 1: Assemble Table Top and Table Top Supports
Space table top pieces 1/2″ from one another.
I had some 1/2″ pieces of cedar fencing that I used for spacers. This is optional but sure made this first step a bit easier.
Step 2: Drill Pocket Holes Into Support Pieces
Next step is to drill your pocket holes in to the support pieces using your Kreg Jig. There are 3 support pieces that you will attach to the table top using 1 1/4″ pocket screws and wood glue. You will attach your 2 side supports first.
Now it's time to attach your center support. Please note the pocket hole placement as it will not be centered on this piece.
Step 3: Attach Legs to Table Top
Attach legs to table top using 1 1/4″ pocket screws and wood glue.
You will drill your pocket holes right in the center at the base of each leg. I also recommend adding a clamp to each leg – clamping them to the 2 table top side supports.
Step 4: Attach Your Seat Supports
Using 1 1/4″ wood screws and glue attach your seat supports at the marked and leveled placements. At this point I would attach 4 more clamps to each leg/seat support right You will see in the pictures that I have counter-sunk my screws. I didn’t want anything sticking out the could scratch any littles that might have a seat at this table. I will follow up soon with a tutorial on counter sinking screws.
Step 5: Attach Second Center Support
Go ahead and attach your second center support now with 1 1/4″ screws and wood glue. Your pocket hole screw placement will be right in the center on each end of the support piece.
Step 6: Attach Seat Planks
Attach seat planks using more 1 1/4″ screws and wood glue.
You’ll see how I mounted my Kreg Jig to the seat rail support. Clamp on the outside, drilling pocket holes on the inside.
Voila ~ you are done
A little sanding and paint or stain and you have a perfect little picnic table for the very littlest ones in your life!
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