This step by step diy project is about 6 foot picnic table with backrests plans. I have made a few adjustments to my already popular 6 ft picnic table plans and I added backrests to the benches, for enhanced comfort. This is a simple project, but the end result will be a beautiful addition to your garden. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.
Projects made from these plans
6′ Picnic Table with Backrests Plans
- A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 34 7/8″ long LEGS
- B – 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 28 1/2″ long SUPPORTS
- C – 5 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 72″ long TABLETOP
- D – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 71 1/2″ long SUPPORTS
- E – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 72″ long SEAT
- F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 34 1/2″ long BRACES
- G – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 36″ long BACKREST SUPPORTS
- H – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 72 ” long BACKRESTS
It’s that simple to build a picnic table – Video!
How to build a picnic table with backrests
The first step of the outdoor project is to build the legs for the 6′ picnic table. As you can easily see in the diagram, you need to make 30 degree cuts to both ends of the 2×4 legs. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Next, you need to build the tabletop supports from 2×4 lumber. Make round uts to both ends of the supports, using a jigsaw. Moreover, drill pocket holes into the 2×4 supports, so you can lock it to the tabletop slats.
Lay the 2×6 tabletop slats on a level surface. Place 1/4″ plywood pieces between the slats so you can create even gaps. Fit the supports to the slats and then place them equally spaced. Insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure the supports into place tightly.
Fit the 2×6 legs to the picnic table, as shown in the diagram. Clamp the legs to the supports and then drill pilot holes through both components. Insert 3 1/2″ carriage bolts and tighten the components into place. Use two bolts for each joint for a professional result. Using the carriage bolts will also make disassembling the picnic table easy, if you want to move it to another location.
Build the seat supports from 2×6 lumber. Make cuts to both ends of the supports, as shown in the plans (15 degree cuts).
Align the seat supports to the legs and then clamp them into place tightly. Drill two pilot holes through the braces and through the legs, for each joint. Insert 3 1/2″ carriage bolts to lock the components together tightly. Use a spirit level to plumb the seat supports horizontally.
Build the braces for the table from 2×4 lumber. Make 25 degree cuts to both ends of the diagonal braces and then get the job done with another small cut to the top end.
Fit the diagonal braces to the picnic table, making sure the corners are square. Use a spirit level to plumb the legs and to check if the top is horizontal. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the braces to the frame of the picnic table.
Use 2×6 boards for the seats. Align the slats to the bench supports, making sure the overhangs are equal. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the boards to the supports.
Use 2×4 lumber for the backrest supports. Make the cuts as shown in the picnic table drawings.
Fit the backrests to the picnic table, as shown in the plans. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ carriage bolts.
Fit the 2×6 slats to the backrests of the picnic table. Clamp the boards to the backrest supports and drill pilot holes. Insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure the slats into place tightly.
Use 2×4 slats for the bottom supports. These components will lock the legs of the picnic table to the backrest supports. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws.
Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood putty and let them harden for a few hours. Smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper and round the exposed edges with a router. Apply a few coats of paint or stain to protect the lumber from the elements and to enhance the look of the 6 foot picnic table.
This project is easy to build and I guarantee you won’t feel sorry for making the investment in the materials. Don’t forget to take a look over the rest of my picnic table plans HERE. I have designed lots of woodworking plans so you can add value to your home, save money and have FUN.
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