Hey guys! I am beyond excited to share my DIY children’s picnic table with you today! This project is my first truly functional piece of furniture 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 DIY picnic table 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 the picnic table plans that inspired this table! You can find her exact plans and cut-list, here:
Let’s get started!
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Here’s what you will need:
- 1 – 1×6, 8′ Long pine board
- 4- 1×3, 8′ Long pine boards
- 1 1/4″ Wood screws
- Wood glue
- Pine pocket hole plugs (optional)
- Wood filler
- Minwax Jacobean Stain
- Minwax Slate Grey Stain
- Behr white latex paint
- Minwax Polycrylic
- Synthetic bristle paint brush
- Foam paint brush
- Staining cloth
- Safety goggles
- Tape measure
- Carpenter’s square (optional but recommended)
- 3/4″ Drill bit
- Power drill
- Ear plugs
- Kreg Jig
- Miter saw (recommended) or a circular saw will work great too!
- 3 – 1×6 @ 31″ (Tabletop)
- 2 – 1×3 @ 17 1/2″ (Cut at an angle from 17 1/2″ to 15 1/4″)
- 2 – 1×3 @ 25 1/2″ (Center supports)
- 4 – 1×3 @ 22 7/16″ (Legs – cut at 30° angles on each end)
- 2 – 1×3 @ 33″ (Cut at an angle from 33″ to 30 1/2″)
- 4 – 1×3 @ 31″ (Bench seats)
This project cost me approximately $22.50 in lumber to build ~ not bad, eh?
Kreg Jig Settings for this entire project:
DIY Children’s Picnic Table – 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.
DIY Children’s Picnic Table – Step 2:
Next step is to drill your pocket holes into the support pieces. 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.
Time to attach your center support. Please note the pocket hole placement as it will not be centered on this piece.
DIY Children’s Picnic Table – Step 3:
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.
DIY Children’s Picnic Table – Step 4:
Mark your table legs for the seat boards at 12 1/4″ from the tip of each leg.
DIY Children’s Picnic Table – Step 5:
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 that could scratch any littles that might have a seat at this table. I will follow up soon with a tutorial on countersinking screws.
DIY Children’s Picnic Table – Step 6:
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.
We’re almost done!
DIY Children’s Picnic Table – Step 7:
Attach your bench seats! You’ll use 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.
***As an optional Step 8: You can add plugs and a little wood putty to your pocket and countersunk holes.***
A little sanding, and some stain or paint and you’re picnic tables are done!
lol.. I can’t claim the two on the left but they are my kids’ besties and this picture just cracked me up!
I finished my picnic tables in two different colors. The first I did in a combination of stains and then a whitewash in an attempt to imitate the Restoration Hardware grey that I adore!
You can find my Weathered Grey Finish Formula HERE
I then painted the legs and supports white and sealed with 4 coats of Polycrylic.
The second picnic table I finished (because I just couldn’t settle on one color) in Varathan’s Vintage Aqua. My newest obsession of all stains… LOVE this color!
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