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How to Build a Picnic Table with Attached Benches

Classic Six Foot Picnic Table

Completed Six Foot Picnic Table


Seat everyone at your family barbecue or cookout event at this classic American style picnic table with attached benches.

The top is made of five 6 foot 2x6s. Each integrated seat is also made of two 6 foot 2x6s. The frame and seat supports are simple to make and the whole project is easy to assemble. While you can use any type of lumber that you want, your picnic table will last longer if you use a decay resistant wood like red cedar, redwood, or treated pine. Treated pine will probably last the longest but cedar and redwood are also quite durable and more attractive.

1 - Picnic Table Dimensions - Side View

Classic Picnic Table Dimensions - Side View

2 - Picnic Table Dimensions - End View

Classic Picnic Table Dimensions - Side View


3 - Assembling the Top

Assembling the TopAssembling the Top

Arrange the 5 top boards as shown with a 3/8" gap between each board. Attach the two Top Supports (stiffeners should already be attached) to the top boards with 2 1/2" deck screws as shown. (Be sure the top boards line up properly and the ends are flush and square. Also be sure the center support is centered from end to end.)




4 - Attaching the Stiffeners for the Top and Seat Supports

Attaching the Stiffeners

Apply some weather proof glue to the mating surfaces and attach a Seat Stiffener to each end of each Seat Support with 3" long # 8 Deck screws as shown. Next, attach a Top Stiffener to each End Top Support.




5 - Attaching the seat boards to the seat supports

Attaching the seat boards to the seat supports

Mount seat boards to the seat supports with 2 1/2" deck screws as shown above.




6 - Attach the legs to the seat supports

Attaching the seat boards to the seat supports

Mount the legs to the Seat Supports with 3 1/2" long 3/8" diameter galvanized carriage bolts as shown. Use flat washers for the side the nuts go on. can tighten them after you have finished mounting the top assembly. Leave these bolts snug for now.You can tighten them after mounting the top assembly.


7 - Mounting the legs to the Top Supports

Mount the legs to the Top Supports

Mount the legs to the Top Supports with 3 1/2" long 3/8" diameter galvanized carriage bolts as shown. Now you can tighten all the bolts for the seat assembly and the top supports.

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