Build a Bigger Kids Picnic Table Plans

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 05/10/2019 - 13:12
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Our favorite kids 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! Build photo submitted by Fethiye

kids picnic table plans

This table is a little taller than our preschool picnic table plan https://www.ana-white.com/woodworking-projects/preschool-picnic-table and made a little tougher – out of 2x boards instead of 1x boards. It's super easy and fun to make.

And like all plans that I design, careful consideration was made on ease of building AND conservation of materials. For example, the top is exactly two 2×6 boards. Less waste = less supplies = less money! Gotta save you money wherever we can!

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Picnic Table for Bigger Kids

Dimensions
diy kids picnic table
Dimensions are shown for kids picnic table plans

Preparation

Shopping List

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)

Cut List

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)

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Hammer
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Circular Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

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.

Instructions

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

TIP: cut two blocks 6-1/2” long and use as spacers to set the seat supports- there is 6-1/2 inches between the tabletop support and seat support.

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Step 6

Finishing. Fill your screw holes and sand and finish as desired.

Comments

Bri (not verified)

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 13:41

I absolutely love this! I am so inspired by everything you post! I need some more tools now! I'm going to end up spending a lot of time at my inlaws! My hubby built me 2 of the simple bookshelves and I'm excited to finish them and get them in our playroom. Next on my list is the play kitchen =) I'm running to home depot today to get the wood for this and I just watched your video about countersinking screws! I'm all ready to go!!!=)

Kellye (not verified)

Thu, 04/29/2010 - 03:32

Ana! I have to agree with everyone above that we will keep coming back even if you only posted once a week! By all means though...one post a day will be GREAT!!!! Plus, it might give me a bit of downtime too. With all the great plans you post, my inspiration is in overdrive and I've never been to Home Depot so much in MY LIFE! LOL! In fact, my parents laugh at me that the one place I used to loathe going to is now one of those places on the list of "places you could max out your credit card". =)

AND....yay for this plan! I'm thinking this is the PERFECT picnic table for my nephew's upcoming birthday!!!! He's turning 4 and I think this would be PERFECT!!!!

J (not verified)

Thu, 04/29/2010 - 03:38

finished this plan. was very easy and the plans were all spot on.
We under mounted the table supports so that you wouldn't see the screws on the top. worked well but was a little extra time involved.

teamshield (not verified)

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 01:23

This was my second project and it was so easy and the plans worked perfectly. On this project I learned how to use my husband's chop saw and I am in love. I broke my counter sink bit, so I now know I should buy those in multiples.
I bought the wood, cut it and assembled it while my kids were at school for the day and in between running my preschooler to school, feeding him lunch, etc.
One of my friends stopped by to pick up my daughter for carpool and asked me where I bought it! I told her I made it that day. Her response, 'oh, did you buy a kit'. Nope, I said, I bought 2x4's! :)
Thanks so much Ana!!! I am so pleased with my table (and myself)!

Liana (not verified)

Mon, 05/03/2010 - 16:13

J--

Could you elaborate about how you did the undermount? I am a newbie and would love any details!

Thanks!

Alexis (not verified)

Wed, 05/05/2010 - 12:38

I stumbled upon your site on Monday while searching for picnic table plans and build this big kid table on Tuesday! My very first project and I think I'm hooked!! Thanks so much for your awesome website and for giving me the courage to try.

Cherie (not verified)

Tue, 06/01/2010 - 08:37

I made this table this past weekend. The plans were spot on and so easy. I just wanted to let you know that if you plan carefully you really only need 5-2x4's instead of 6. Cut 2-2x4's in half for the seats. Cut 2 legs and one seat support from the third 2x4. Repeat for the fourth 2x4 and finally cut the bottom suppport and the 2 table supports from the 5th 2x4. Just plan carefully.

mmlyssa (not verified)

Mon, 06/21/2010 - 15:00

My Husband just made this over this past weekend. Can i just say I am THRILLED!!! I have been wanting one of these for soo long and the price kept putting me off. My husband built this with all supplies from home depot for $35!!
THANK YOU!!

Allyson (not verified)

Sun, 08/22/2010 - 13:57

Hi! I just love all of your plans. This is my first project and I have a question- I don't see where you cut the 45 degree angle on step one. Are you using a mitre saw on that cut?

sdeer76

Sun, 05/08/2011 - 18:31

I have a totally beginners question... Should this be built with treated lumber? Or can you use untreated if you are going to paint it with exterior paint? I'm thinking about trying this as a first project from this site. Notable difference in cost between treated and untreated so I thought I'd ask. Not expecting it to last forever, but I don't want it to rot away in a season either ;o)

I'm new here and not sure where you post questions.... Sorry if this is not the right route.

Guest (not verified)

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:15

I would not use pressure treated wood. Pressure treated wood contains arsenic. I definitely would not use it for something my children will be touching as they eat. Maybe consider a water based exterior stain?

Matt @ Ramblin… (not verified)

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 11:23

My wife forwarded this post to me today because she wants me to build a kids picnic table. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this I'd a blog. Your opening statements on this post made me chuckle. My (almost) 5-year old son recently expressed his annoyance that I get up early every day to blog. I do this so that I can write undistracted while the rest of the house sleeps and also to not take away from family time. My sons solution is that I get up early only every other day! I considered his advice, but ultimately ignored it. Now he is urging me to wake him up at 5:30am so that he can have more time to play! Lol. Like father like son.

Matt @ Ramblin… (not verified)

Mon, 03/19/2012 - 03:11

I wanted to show off my results, so I included a brief description of how the project went for me along with several pictures on a recent blog post. I modified the plans slightly, as I wanted to be able to drill a hole in the middle of a center board on the table top to insert an umbrella...

check it out @ http://money.ramblingfever.com/2012/03/rambling-road-kids-picnic-table-…

After these pictures were taken, one of the tables was stained with a dark cherry color... turned out awesome!

Rose Crooks (not verified)

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 07:43

I love your plans for the table. I picked up plans at home depot. I am making four table for my grandkids. They range from 2 months to 11 yrs. I think this was great plans. One thing I did was used peassure treated wood for the legs. I made my screw hole and I am sanding and painting the pieces before puting together. I can;t wait to start another project but need to finish this one first. Two table I am painting red and black for the boys and pastels for the girls.It take less time to make more than one at a time.

davido850

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 09:53

the carriage bolts added to the appeal. the table was still a little to tight between seat and top, but a friends daughters birthday was today. he reimbersed my expense and the girl has a great table. already have the material for v2. just going to add a few inches to the legs and it will be perfect for my crew and me. thank!

Jules Hall (not verified)

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 20:46

Thank you very much for these plans.
I used all your dimensions, but modified the assembly a bit:
- under mounted all the screws with a drill press 3/4" counter sink. This way the table will last outside for years. ( if you used cedar! )
- mainly used 3" screws as a result.
- extended the leg attachments to only 2" on the outside to give an extra 4" seating room ( can fit 6 kids at the table)
- used 3-1/2" lag bolts rather than screws to attach legs.

As a result of using lag bolts - there was no need for the middle support. It was solid without it, and if it ever does loosen - you can just tighten the lag bolts!
I remember as a kid always smacking my shins on the center support, so doing away with it was great!

Thank you.

Jules

Sarah Knopp (not verified)

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 14:12

Do you think it would work to use this pattern, but then use plywood or some solid sheet of wood for the top? I like the attached benches, but would like to make a more smooth top for my kids for their "project" table. Let me know if you think it would still work?
Thanks!

Sarah Knopp (not verified)

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 14:14

Do you think it would work to follow this pattern for the frame and the attached benches, but use a flat top like the kids trestle table? I LOVE the attached benches, but want to make a flat top table for my kids to color and do projects on. Let me know if you think it would work? Thanks!

peke

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 02:39

Hi,

First off all i love the design, in fact everything on this site :D
I'm from Belgium, so i would like to ask if its possible to get the entire plan in metric version with centimeters instead of inches :D

Thanks!!

TrefW

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:21

I've built two of these and changed one thing. Rather than put the 2x4 between the two legs, I cut the wood to create two triangles from the center of the seat supports to underneath the table top. Not only does this increase the stability of the entire table, but it keeps the shown center support from becoming something that hurts the little shins of those sitting at the table. No additional wood is needed. Just cut the center support differently.

gsnpbc

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 09:56

My son and I just made this table using your plans this weekend and it turned out great for the grandkids. It only took a couple of hours after all the boards were cut. Thank you for the easy directions and most of all for sharing them.

 

bhutch216

Sat, 06/20/2020 - 20:10

Knocked it out in about an hour. Review the plans before cutting because there are a couple 45 degree end cuts that aren't listed on the cut list. Very easy to build though.

Ken Stegeman

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 18:36

Ana - I have always loved your plans and have used a lot of them! For this particular one, I was able to build it with(5) 2x4's instead of the (6) called out in the plans, which was definitely a WIN! Just a matter of planning cuts to get the most out of the materials you have to buy and taking advantage of any scrap materials you might have around.

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