This step by step diy project is about 6 foot picnic picnic table plans plans. I have designed this outdoor picnic table with a traditional look, so you can save money, have fun and add value to your home. If you have a recreation area or a bbq in your backyard, this project is a must have addition. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration. Premium Plans available for this project in the Shop (not identical, improved version).
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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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6 foot Picnic Table Plans
Cut + Shopping Lists
- A – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 36″ long LEGS
- B – 3 piece of 2×4 lumber – 28 1/2″ long SUPPORTS
- C – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 60″ long SUPPORTS
- D – 5 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 72″ long TABLETOP
- E – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 72″ long SEAT
- F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 34 1/2″ long BRACES
- 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 13 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 6′
- 3 1/2″ carriage bolts
- 2 1/2″ pocket screws
- 2 1/2″ screws
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
- picnic basket
Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
Step 1: How to build the frames for the 6 foot picnic table
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 2×6 legs. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Next, you need to build the tabletop supports from 2×4 lumber. Make 45 degree cuts to both ends of the supports, following the diagram. Moreover, drill pocket holes into the 2×4 supports, so you can lock it to the tabletop slats.
Step 2: Assembling the tabletop
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.
Use a jigsaw to make round decorative cuts to the corners of the tabletop.
Step 3: Assembling the frame of the picnic table
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.
Step 4: Fitting the seat supports
Build the seat supports from 2×6 lumber. Make 45 degree cuts to both ends of the supports, as shown in the plans.
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.
Step 5: Fitting the diagonal braces
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.
Step 6: Fitting the seats
Last but not least, you need fit the 2×6 seat slats. Center the slats to the frame of the picnic table, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws. Countersink the head of the screws for a neat result.
Step 7: Finishing touches
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 picnic table is the ideal project for any garden, as it is easy to build and it the materials don’t cost a fortune. Moreover, if you have a drill, a saw and a sander, you will get the job done in one weekend.
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Nice table. How did you go about determining the length and angle of the legs?
It is the standard size and angle.
I had to use 1 5/8 screws because the 2 1/2 inch screws were too deep for the support beams across the 2 x 6 slats and ended up coming through the 2 x 6. I used the typical Craig jig.
Thanks for the feedback. I would love to see your project. You can send the pics at: http://myoutdoorplans.com/contact/
We’re using a Craig jig as well, did you replace the screws for the pocket screws or the 2 1/2″ screws?
I just made this picnic table and I really like it. Please know that the material list is correct but there is an error in the instruction steps regarding the 2 diagonal braces. The steps say to use 2 x 6 lumber but it should say 2 x 4.
Im a boy scout and ive decided to make one of these for an eagle project but one issue is i dont see the amount of screws.. help?
10 pieces of 2 1/2″ pocket screws
50 pieces of 2 1/2″ screws
16 pieces of 3 12″ carriage bolts
Thank you very much
What is the cost estimate on this?
There is a materials list on the plan. You can easily add up you local costs for an estimate.
I’m very excited to build this. I’d love a hole in the centre for an umbrella. Could you tell me how to go about this please?
You should use a hole saw drill bit. Mark the diagonals of the top and then drill the holes.
What is the distance between each pocket hole that I make into the tabletop “B” supports?
It’s 5 1/2″ so that each screws gets in the tabletop boards.
I think the diagnal brace step had an measuring error. It calls for a 25 degree cut, but shows only 1 5/8″ cut up the board. I checked it and saw that it is an actual 2 1/2″ mark for a 25 degree cut.
Will someone check me on this? Its the first visually questionable thing Ive noticed going through the steps.
I have double checked it and the diagram is correct. You need to use 2×4 lumber and not 2×6, as it was written in the instructions (in the cut list it was correctly listed), that’s why you got the difference.
What are the spacing of the pocket holes on the 2×4 tabletop supports? Thanks great plans!
That doesn’t matter that much. Just try to make them equally spaced. Doesn’t have to be perfect.
do these need to be true 2×4 and 2×6’s
No, all my designs use actual size of lumber, not nominal.
Could you provide the total amount of each hardware size needed? Thank you.
That option is available in the Premium Plans: https://gum.co/jbAoI
I purchased your 6 foot table plans and I can access the designs anymore. It’s saying that I viewed the document too many times and won’t accept my email address to l we t me view them again.
So you can give me a 1 star review, but you cannot download the plans that come directly to your email. Very smart of you.
Just want to Thank you for posting in your website the instructions who to build a pícnic table . My husband. And my Daughter just followed every step , they finished within 2 Days Thank you very much
You’re welcome. Put it to good use. Cheers!
I just wanted to say thank you for providing such thorough, complete plans. My son used these and the plans for the 8 foot table for his Eagle Scout project and it went beautifully. I would be happy to send you pictures if you like? We also used the 8 foot plans and added an additional 2 feet on one end for wheelchair access. Thanks again! 🙂
Congrats for the project. Pics would be great. You can send them here and I will feature the project: https://myoutdoorplans.com/contact/
These are great plans, thanks so much for all the detail. I’m adapting this plan to make an accessible picnic table for wheelchair users and I wonder if you or anyone who’s made it can tell me how high the table top is?
Great plans. Worked out well. Thank you
How do we connect the the diagonal braces to the support in the center? Where does the screw go? Into the end-grain, through the support? Or does it also take pocket screws into the center support?
The screws go through the diagonal brace into the support. In addition, you can also use pocket screws, as well.