8 foot Picnic Table Plans

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This step by step diy project is about 8 foot picnic picnic table plans plans. If you have a backyard bbq, a nice 8′ picnic table will be an extraordinary addition. Lucky, I have you covered with step by step instructions and diagrams, so you can get the job done in a professional manner. 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.

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.

 

 

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8 foot Picnic Table Plans

Building a 8' picnic table

Building a 8′ picnic table

 

  • A – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 36″ long LEGS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 60″ long SUPPORTS
  • C – 3 piece of 2×4 lumber – 28 1/2″ long SUPPORTS
  • D – 5 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 96″ long TABLETOP
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 85″ long SEAT STERTCHERS
  • F – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 96″ long SEAT
  • G – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 44 1/2″ long BRACES

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How to build a 8 foot picnic table

Building the legs

Building the legs

The first step of the outdoor project is to build the legs for the 8′ 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.

Tabletop supports

Tabletop supports

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.

Assembling the tabletop

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.

Decorative cuts

Decorative cuts

Use a jigsaw to make round decorative cuts to the corners of the tabletop.

Fitting the legs

Fitting the legs

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.

Seat supports

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.

Fitting the seat supports

Fitting the seat supports

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.

Digonal braces

Digonal braces

Build the braces for the table from 2×4 lumber. Make 15.9 degrees cut to both ends of the braces. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.

Fitting the diagonal braces

Fitting the diagonal braces

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.

Seat under support

Seat under support

Fit a 2×6 beam to the picnic table, as shown in the diagram. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and then secure them to the seat support with 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and then insert the screws.

Fitting the seat slats

Fitting the seat slats

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. Round the corners of the seat slats with a spirit level for a neat result.

8 foot Picnic Table

8 foot Picnic Table

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.

8' Picnic Table

8′ 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.

How to build a 8 foot picnic table

How to build a 8 foot picnic table

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29 Comments »

  1. Michael Roche at - Reply

    Good, thanks for the replies, much appreciated

  2. Steve at - Reply

    15.9 degeees on the cross brace cut…? I used 16 degrees. The plan call for (14) 8’ 2×6. Not enough Unless you utilize the boards using the cut offs on the legs from another piece. Not spelled out in the instructions at all. You find this out too late as the legs are cut before the scrape 36” + piece appears. The end result is a beautiful table. I built it with my grandson (6 years old) in 2 hours (less the return trip to Lowes to buy another 2×6) I chose to forgo the pocket holes and used 4” screws and countersunk by 1/2” using a paddle bit and predrilled the 2×4 stringers for the top. I felt it was stronger and quicker. Adding number of fasteners to the material list would be helpful.

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      congrats for the project. The Premium Plans for this project come with a Cut Layout Diagram, that shows how to cut the boards to get minimum waste. That layout is not available in this free version.

  3. Andrew at - Reply

    Good plans. 2 ideas.

    Change the legs to pressure treated from one 12 ft 2×6 and the bench Soopers could come from one 10 ft 2×6.

    Possibly be change the support under the bench to a 2×4 to save wood. Need to investigate if it is stiff enough.

  4. Vannessa Gallant at - Reply

    We built this entire table with 8ft 2x6s. We ended up using about 15 boards. We didnt round the edges or pre-drill any holes. We sunk GRK screws into it for a nice, strong, finished look. It took my husband and i about 2 hours. We could easily whip another out in less than an hour. The 15.9 degree angle didn’t work, so we improved the angle.

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