Build a Bigger Kid's Picnic Table
Designed to fit bigger kids, this super sturdy picnic table is big enough to sit a small adult too! Super easy to build design has been built hundreds of times already! Special thanks to Jeff for sharing his photos with us.
2 – 2×6 Boards, 8′ Long
6 – 2×4 Boards, 8′ Long
2 1/2″ Screws or Bolts (bolts will need to be at least 3″ long and you will need washers and nuts)
Work on a clean level surface. Take a square of your project after each step. Predrill and countersink your screw holes. Use proper safety precautions and equipment.
4 – 2×6 @ 48″ (Tabletop)
2 – 2×4 @ 23 1/2″ (Tabletop Supports)
4 – 2×4 @ 26″ (Legs, DO NOT CUT UNTIL REVIEWING THE ANGLES)
2 – 2×4 @ 40 1/2″ (Seat Supports)
1 – 2×4 @ 37″ (Bottom Support)
4 – 2×4 @ 48″ (Seat Boards)
Tabletop. Begin by cutting your tabletop supports (shown above in blue) as shown above. You can either fasten through the tabletop with screws or you can predrill through the underside of the supports into the underside of the tabletop boards. Leave a 1/2″ gap between the tabletop boards. Use glue and 2 1/2″ screws when fastening through the top.
Legs. Cut your legs as shown above, with a 30 degree angle off square on both ends. Then use 2 1/2″ screws to fasten the legs to the tabletop supports. You could also use bolts for a stronger table.
Seat Supports. Cut the ends of your seat supports as shown above. The angle is 45 degrees. Then fasten the seat supports to the legs as shown above. Use a level on the seat supports to make sure you are fastening the seat supports level to the tabletop. Use 2 1/2″ screws and glue. If you fasten from the inside, you can hide your screw holes.
Bottom Support. Take a square of your table by measuring from the opposite tips of the legs. If the diagonals do not match, from the longer diagonal, push the opposite ends together until the diagonals match. Fasten your support in place as shown above. Use 2 1/2″ screws.
Seat Boards. Fasten the seat boards to the seat supports as shown here. The ends will overhang 4″. You may need to use shorter screws on the ends
Finishing. Fill your screw holes and sand and finish as desired.