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Doll X Picnic Table and Bench Set

November 17, 2011 |
posted by Ana White
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Make a doll picnic table for American Girl or 18 doll.

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About Project

Author Notes: 

Thank you thank you for understanding.

It's been a rough few days for the website, and I'm so grateful you have been patient and understanding of the technical growing pains we have been dealing with.
I built this picnic table set for Grace's American Girl Doll a while back, and have been eager to share the plans with you.  
Of course this table isn't just for American Girl or 18" dolls.  
But look at this photo I was able to snap with my phone (hence the horrible quality) just last night ....
I had no idea this table set would also fit my toddler niece (she's 2 1/2 years old).
Yet another reason to DIY .... you can build as strong as you need to. Seriously, I just stood on the table to reach the top shelf of the armoire ... and it is STRONG.
Special thanks to MyLowe's for the easy to get realtime price quotes.
And of course you can't beat FOUR BUCKS in lumber for this cute super strong doll picnic table set. I had considered using smaller boards for the legs, but smaller boards either cost more or require you to have a table saw.  And they are more difficult to attach. 
I used leftover pink paint from the Dream Dollhouse roof to paint, and used nails and glue to attach with a finish nailer.  Ready to build your own?

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Fits standard 18" or American Girl Dolls

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

4 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long

1 1/4 inch finish nails
wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
compound miter saw
nailer

Cut List

Cut List: 

TABLE
5 - 1x2 @ 17 3/4"
3 - 1x2 @ 7 1/2" (Long point to long point, both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, NOT parallel)
2 - 1x2 @ 8 3/4" (Both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, ends are parallel)
2 - 1x2 @ 7 7/8" (Both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, ends are parallel)
2 - 1x2 @ 6 1/4" (Both ends BEVELED at 30 degrees off square, ends are parallel)

BENCHES (2)
6 - 1x2 @ 13"
4 - 1x2 @ 4 1/2" (Long point to long point, both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, NOT parallel)
4 - 1x2 @ 4 3/8" (Both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, ends are parallel)
4 - 1x2 @ 3 1/2" (Both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, ends are parallel)

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Step 1

Step 2

Glue and nail the supports to underside of tabletop boards.

Step 3

Now attach the longer legs to the insides of the supports, as shown in diagram.

Step 4

Then attach remaining shorter legs as shown in diagram.  Don't forget the glue on these legs - it is very important.

Step 5

These can actually be just glued in place.  Center and attach as shown above.

Step 6

Step 7

Step 8

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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so cute! perfect for my little builder

My 8 year old has asked for another AG doll and we wanted to get her some plans to make something for it herself (we're probably making beds too) and this is perfect! She loves to work with wood and I think she could really do a lot of this herself and be so proud with the finished product - thanks!

posted by tannisg | on Thu, 2011-11-17 02:10

Linked to you.... :)

Thanks for the CUTE plans, Ana!!!! I linked over to you.... :)

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-11-17 12:31
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Thank you so much!!!!

Thank you so much!!!!

posted by Ana White | on Thu, 2011-11-17 12:50

MOMplex

Any updates on the Momplex? Here hasn't been anything since you talked about Kitchen design.
Suffering withdrawal here!

posted by jasonw (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-11-18 14:10

Just an observation---the 4

Just an observation---the 4 1/2" (bench) and 7 1/2" (table) pieces should also be designated as BEVELED.

Thanks for all the plans! I'm working on both the table and benches and the bunk bed for Xmas gifts.

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-11-29 19:28

adorable

the girls will love these

posted by patti rairden (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-02-09 20:13
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lovely... done

I just finished the table and the benches.. They seems lovely.. I think my daughter will like it... hahaha... thank you ana..

posted by w2000j | on Sat, 2012-02-25 06:24

thanks

Thank you so much for the bunk bed plans. I love making them & appreciate your sharing!!

posted by Cat Hansman (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-06-02 07:58

thanks

My daughter and I just build the table. Took less than 2hrs and under $10. Thanks for the plan and way to spend time with my daughter.

posted by Todd S (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-06-22 19:42

American Girl picnic table

How many AG dolls would comfortably sit at this table? My little girl is having an AG Bday party and wanted to make this for all of their dolls to sit at. I just wanted to make sure I had enough room for all of their girls:)

posted by Amanda Wallace (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-07-30 18:48

Completed the Picnic Table!

Great project for my 6 year old daughter and I to complete.

Everyone (including her American Girl doll) is very happy with the results!

posted by jcs_nyc | on Tue, 2013-01-01 15:15

Your site provided us with

Your site provided us with valuable information to work with. Each and every tips of your post are awesome. Thanks a lot for sharing. TeknoKeren | Berita Terkini

posted by yuzz3n | on Fri, 2013-03-08 01:33

Star doll closet

Why can't I get to the PDF plans for the adorable doll closet? I always get an error message. Thanks, Sandi

posted by NanaSandi | on Wed, 2013-10-30 11:50

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