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The One Where a Friend Wanted a Kid’s Picnic Table

A family friend really wanted a picnic table for their kids and I had never built one so I thought it was a fun idea. Built out of exterior 2×6’s and 2×4’s plus a few nuts and bolts it was pretty easy to assemble.

For this one the design was the fun part. Again I scoured the net and found several ones I liked. I even considered a hexagon shaped table because I thought it looked cool but ended up going with the classic rectangle.

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The table top and benches were simply a matter of cutting the boards to length. I intentionally made this table 47 1/2″ long so I could get two pieces out of an 8′ board. For the table top I used 2×6’s to minimize the gaps, and for the benches and supports I used 2×4’s.

I used my Kreg pocket hole jig to attach the table support to the table pieces. I am a huge fan of my Kreg Jig. I never stop finding new uses for it and it makes joining two pieces of wood faster, easier, and stronger.

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Once the table supports were attached, I bolted the legs on. I’m sure I could have used screws, but my family curse forces me to over build. I prefer to not have to ever worry about stability. Plus it allows for tightening them over time as the joints inevitably become loose.

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Once the legs were attached I was able to turn the table right side up and attach the leg/bench supports. Once these were in place and tightened down the whole table was very solid.

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My quality assurance testers were happy to perform their duties once I installed the bench boards. I think they approve. Nice and strong, and a great size for kids.

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Finally I put a few coats of finish on to protect against the weather and sunshine as this is intended for the back yard. I can’t wait to deliver it!

 


Here are some of the tools and supplies I used in this project. If you are interested in one, take a look. You get a fun product, I get a fun commission. Thanks!

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