This step by step diy project is about 16 foot picnic table plans plans. This 16 foot long picnic table is one of a kind, so if you want to stand out with an outdoor project, this would be a great idea. If you have a large family or group of friends, this picnic table would be handy when throwing backyard parties. Take a look over the rest of my 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. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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16 foot Picnic Table Plans
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- A – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 36″ long LEGS
- B – 4 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 – 192″ long TABLETOP
- E – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 89 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 89 3/4″ long SEAT STERTCHERS
- F – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 192″ long SEAT
- G – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 91″ long BRACES
- 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 11 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 6′
- 9 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 16′
- 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 16 foot picnic table
The first step of the outdoor project is to build the legs for the 16′ long wood picnic table. As you can easily see in the free plans, you need to make 30 degree cuts to both ends of the 2×6 legs. Use a miter saw for speed and accurate cuts, or a circular saw if that’s all that you’ve got. 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 (16′ long) 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. These decorative cuts will add character to the picnic table.
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.
As you can easily notice in the diagram, you have to install 4 seat supports to the legs of the picnic table. Now it is also a great moment to drill pilot holes through the tabletop slats and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the supports. In this manner, you will enhance the rigidity of the picnic table.
Fit the 2×6 seat stretchers to the picnic table, as shown in the diagram. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the beams and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the supports. Use a spirit level to make sure the stretchers are perfectly horizontal.
Fit the 2×6 beams to the sides of the picnic table. Leave about 4″ overhangs on both sides of the seat slats. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the slats into place tightly.
Build the braces for the table from 2×4 lumber. Make 7.6 degrees cut to both ends of the braces. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Fit the diagonal braces to the 16 foot picnic table. Center the braces to the supports and drill pocket holes at both ends of the diagonal braces. Insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure the diagonal braces into place tightly.
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 16 foot picnic table. Moreover, you could cut out a hole for the umbrella.
This is an extremely long picnic table, so this would be ideal is you through parties with lots of people of if you are a heavy guy. You should also consider building two separate 8′ picnic tables, instead of building this 16′ long table.
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