This step by step diy woodworking project is about picnic table arbor plans. This is a free tutorial on how to build a 4 ft picnic table with detached benches and with a pergola roof. I had a lot of fun designing this piece of outdoor furniture and I consider building this for myself. It is really easy to make and it will last for many years, because it has a sturdy framing.
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. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Picnic Table Arbor – Free DIY Plans
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- A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 75″ long, 4 pieces – 48″ long FLOOR FRAME
- B – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 87 1/2″ long, 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 41″ long POSTS
- C – 9 pieces of 5/8″x5 1/2″ lumber – 75″ long DECKING
- D – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 48″ long RAFTERS
- E – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 72″ long RAFTERS
- F – 4 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 41″ long BACKREST
- G – 5 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 42 1/2″ long, 5 pieces – 41″ long 2xLATTICE
- 6 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 8′
- 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8′
- 5 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 9 pieces of 5/8″x5 1/2″ lumber – 8′
- 10 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 8′
- 1 5/8″ screws
- 1 1/4″ screws
- 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws
- 8 pieces of rafter ties
- 1 1/4″ nails
Picnic Table Arbor – Video!
How to build a picnic table pergola
The first step of the project is to build the floor frame. Drill pilot holes through the joists and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Make sure the corners are square.
Use 4×4 lumber for the posts. Use 2×4 lumber for the top supports. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them to the posts. Make sure the corners are square.
Fit the 5/8″x5 1/2″ decking boards to the floor frame. Fit a piece of 1/4″ plywood between the boards so you can create even gaps. Align the edges at both ends, drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock them into place tightly.
Use 2×6 lumber for the rafter supports. Make 15 degree cuts at one end of the rafter, using a miter saw. Use a jigsaw to make decorative ends.
Attach the rafters to the top of the picnic table arbor. Align the rafters, drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock them to the top of the posts.
Use 1/2″ plywood for the gussets. Fit them to the top of the arbor and lock it to the rafters with 1 5/8″ screws.
Use 2×6 lumber for the rafters. Make the notches to the rafters, as shown in the diagram. Mark the notches and use a circular saw to make parallel cuts. Remove the excess with a chisel. Make decorative ends to the rafters, using a jigsaw.
Fit the rafters to the top of the picnic table arbor, making sure they are equally spaced. Use rafter ties to lock the elements to the frame of the arbor.
Use 1×8 lumber for the backrests. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the slats and secure them to the posts with 1 1/4″ screws.
Use 1×2 slats for the lattice panels. Use finish nails to secure the slats together, as shown in the diagram.
This is a simple project that you can make in a few days, but the wow effect is guaranteed.
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