Woodsmith Picnic Table Plan

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All it took was a few warm days to remind me of the picnic table and benches I’d been planning to build. What I had in mind was a simple, straightforward design. Something I could knock out in a few days. Yet it needed to have a solid base and be sturdy enough to last for years. To make the table and benches easy to build, the joinery on each one is identical. Strong mortise and tenon joints keep the bases from racking. And splined miter joints ensure that the tops will stay flat. I used redwood for the table top and bench tops. The straight, even grain of this outdoor wood makes it a perfect choice for a long, flat surface like a picnic table. But when building the bases, legs for the table and bench base look like they’re made from 4x4 lumber. But in fact, I just used “two-by” material and added dadoes and rabbets to form “mortises” for the rails. No matter how strong the joints are, the table and benches still need protection from the weather. I applied an outdoor oil to the redwood tops and several coats of paint to the bases. If you don’t have the space for a full-size Picnic Table, you can make a square table with two short benches to match. I used Douglas fir. It’s an excellent choice for outdoor furniture where something less expensive than redwood will do. And since the leg assemblies are painted, I didn’t need to worry about covering up a more attractive wood grain.

We offer the Woodsmith Picnic Table plan as a downloadable PDF or a printed format that we ship to you.

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Woodsmith Picnic Table Standard Plan – 8.5” x 11” PDF Download Woodsmith Picnic Table Standard Plan – 8.5” x 11” PDF Download SKU: SN02710PL
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Woodsmith Picnic Table Standard Plan – 8.5” x 11” Print (Shipped to You) Woodsmith Picnic Table Standard Plan – 8.5” x 11” Print (Shipped to You) SKU: SN02710PLPR

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As sturdy as it is good looking, this set features splined miter joints on the table and bench tops to keep them flat. The simple design of all three pieces means construction moves along quickly.

Step-by-step instructions, exploded views, materials list, and more—these plans have everything you need to build your own sturdy Picnic Table.

What you get (Downloadable PDFs):

Standard Plan:

  • 8.5” x 11” PDF of 13 printable (digital) pages of step-by-step instructions
  • 59 full-color photos illustrations and exploded view
  • Retail sources for hardware and supplies

 

What you get (Printed & Shipped):

Standard Plan:

  • 13 pages of step-by-step instructions
  • 59 full-color photos illustrations and exploded view
  • Retail sources for hardware and supplies
  • 8.5” x 11” print shipped to you
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Country of Manufacture United States

WARNING: Wood Dust created by Drilling, sawing, sanding or machining wood products can expose you to wood dust, a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer. Avoid inhaling wood dust or use a dust mask or other safeguards for personal protection.

https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov/fact-sheets/wood-dust