How to Build a Picnic Table

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Watch as we show you how to build a picnic table that’s beautiful, durable and portable, right before your eyes! Learn about choosing materials, the best tools and hardware to use, clever tips and techniques, PLUS there’s a detailed Cut List you can take along to the lumberyard.

Impressive Table

This tabletop is 40 inches x 8 feet–plenty big to seat 10 adults. It’s designed with reinforcement ribs underneath and clever joinery tricks to keep it from cracking during temperature- and humidity-level changes. And we know you want to learn how to build a picnic table, but you’ll need matching benches, too. These bench seats have a nifty curve that makes them extra comfortable. And they’re stackable!

Choosing Materials

Woodworking projects always turn out best if you start with the right materials. Find out what wood was used for this picnic table and why it was chosen. Recommendations for adhesives and fasteners (with a source) are also included.

Valuable How-To

Watching this video, you won’t simply learn how to build a picnic table–you’ll also learn valuable tips and techniques, for joinery, blade adjustments, marking, drilling, and fastening, that you can use in on other projects. This table and benches was designed to go together like a kit, which makes it perfect for woodworkers of any skill level. Beginners will learn a lot and even seasoned veterans will pick up some new tricks.

Built to Last

Many woodworkers learn how to build furniture so they can custom make pieces for their home. But don’t forget your outdoor living space. A picnic table like this will last for years and will be the centerpiece of your outdoor celebrations, family meals and impromptu gatherings.

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