This step by step diy woodworking project is about building a picnic roof table plans. This article features detailed instructions for building gable roof for the 12 foot picnic table. If you want to create a nice shade over the picnic table and to keep the rain away, take a look over this project. Take a look over the rest of our 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.
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Building a Picnic Table Roof
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- E – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 84″ long, 2 pieces – 69″ long POSTS
- F – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 17 3/4″ long, 3 pieces – 178″ long, 4 pieces – 19 3/4″ long TOP RIDGE
- G – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 178″ long, 2 pieces – 69″ long FRAME
- H – 8 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 43 5/8″ long, 6 pieces – 43 1/2″ long RAFTERS
- I – 4 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 41 5/8″x89″ longg ROOF
- J – 150 sq ft of tar paper, 150 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING
- K – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 178″ long TRIMS
- 6 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece if 4×4 lumber – 16′
- 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 16′
- 8 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 16′
- 4 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 150 sq ft of tar paper, 150 sq ft of asphalt shingles
- 50 pieces of 3 1/2″ screws
- 25 pieces of 5″ screws
- 50 pieces of 2 1/2″ screws
- 24 pieces of 3 1/2″ bolts
- wood glue, stain/paint
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Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
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- PART 1: 12 Foot Picnic table With Roof Plans
- PART 2: Building a Picnic Table Roof
Picnic table roof plans
The next step of the project is to attach the 4×4 posts to the picnic table. You can adjust the size of the posts to suit your needs. Use a spirit level to plumb the posts before locking them to the frame of the picnic table. Drill pilot holes through the legs of the picnic table and insert 3 1/2″ bolts into the posts.
If you live in a windy area, then you should consider locking the posts to the ground, by pouring footings and using post anchors. Pour 2-3′ deep concrete footings, after reading the local building codes.
Next, you need to attach 4×4 beams to the top of the posts. Make sure the corners are square and and check if the overhangs are equal. Drill pilot holes through the beams and insert 5″ screws into the posts. Use at least 2 screws for each joint.
Build the frame for the roof from 2×4 lumber. Cut the components at the right dimensions and secure them to the beams using 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges with attention. Add glue to the joints for a professional result.
Build the top ridge and the supports from 4×4 lumber. Cut the components from 4×4 lumber at the proper dimensions. Fit the supports to the beams, making sure they are plumb. Use corner brackets to lock the supports into place tightly. Next, attach the top ridge to the supports. Check if the corners are square, drill pilot holes and insert 5″ screws to lock the top ridge into place.
Build braces for the roof ridge from 4×4 lumber. Cut both ends of the braces at 45 degrees. Fit the braces to the roof frame and lock them into place with 3 1/2″ screws.
Build the end rafters from 2×4 lumber. You will need 8 pieces of these. Mark the cut lines on the 2×4 slats and make the notches with a saw.
Build the intermediary rafters from 2×4 as well. You need to make notches to both ends of the slats. Build 6 pieces of these.
Fit the rafters into place, making sure you space them as shown in the plans. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock the rafters into place tightly.
The roof structure seen from bellow.
Attach the 3/4″ plywood panels to the roof structure, as shown in the plans. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 1/4″ screws to lock the panels into place.
Fit 1×3 trims to both sides of the roof. Use 2″ brad nails to secure the trims to the frame and to rafters.
Cover the roof of the roof with tar paper, making sure the strips overlap at least 2″. Secure the tar paper to the plywood sheets with roofing staples. In addition, cut a 12″ piece for the top ridge. Fit the side drip edges over the roofing felt, while the bottom drip edges should be fit under. Next, install the shingles, starting with the bottom section.
Next, all you are left to do is take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, double-check if all the joints are rigid and if the corners are right angled. Fill the dents and the holes with putty and after it hardens, smooth everything with sandpaper.
Top Tip: Apply a few coats of paint or stain to the components, to enhance the look of the project. Check out PART 1 of the project so you learn how to build the 12 foot picnic table.
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