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. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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8 foot Picnic Table Plans
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- 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
- 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 14 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 3 1/2″ carriage bolts
- 2 1/2″ pocket screws
- 2 1/2″ screws
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
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How to build a 8 foot picnic table
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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