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www.BobsPlans.comTraditional 6 Foot Picnic TablePlans & InstructionsYou won't need any fancy tools to build this traditional picnic table. All it requires arebasic tools like a saw, a drill, and an adjustable wrench. This plan is based on a timehonored classic design. For the prototype, I used treated lumber for the legs and regularpine for the rest of the parts. Pine will last for several years if kept painted. If you wantto spend the extra money, you can make the whole thing from redwood. That was thewood of choice for picnic tables back when the supply of redwood was better and theprices were more affordable.Revised: July 4, 2006Copyright 2005 by Robert E. ReedyAll rights reserved

Traditional Picnic Table PlansTable of ContentsMaterials List . 1End & Side Views . 2Parts Dimensions . 3Hole Layout . 4Cutout Diagrams . 5Mounting the Wheels . 6Attach the Stiffeners . 7Attach the Seats & Legs . 8Attach the Top & Braces . 9How the Wheels Work . 10IntroductionThank you for purchasing our Picnic Table Plans. Please read these instructions beforestarting.I recommend you make the legs from treated lumber because they will have groundcontact. The rest of the parts could be made from treated wood too, except the top. Sincefood will be served and eaten from the top, I recommend untreated wood for it. If keptpainted, regular pine will last for several years.These plans include the use of wheels on two legs. The way the wheels are mounted keepsthe weight on the legs when the table is sitting flat but the weight shifts to the wheelswhen the side of the table without the wheels is lifted. This allows for easy moving of thetable when necessary. Of course, the wheels are optional, and they can always be addedlater if desired.These plans also include the use of four simple strips of ¾” by 1 ½” wood that I call LegProtectors. Their purpose is to keep people’s legs from getting scratched on the ends of thebolts that secure the seat supports to the picnic table legs.Copyright 2005 by Robert E. Reedy, Vandalia, Ohio

Traditional Picnic Table Plans Materials ListPage 1QtyItemLengthMaterial5Top Boards72”2 by 64Seat Boards72”2 by 62Seat Supports57”2 by 62End Top Supports26”2 by 43Top Stiffeners26”2 by 46Seat Stiffeners10”2 by 44Leg Protectors10”3/4 by 1 1/22Braces30 ¼”2 by 44Legs32”2 by 6163/8” Carriage Bolts3 1/2”Galvanized163/8” Flat WashersGalvanized163/8” Self Locking NutsGalvanized20#8 Deck Screws3”54#8 Deck Screws2 1/2”8#8 Deck Screws1 5/8”26” Wheels2* 1/2” Hex Head Bolts4* 1/2” Flat WashersGalvanized2* 1/2” Self Locking NutsGalvanizedPlastic4”Galvanized*The diameter of these bolts depends on the axle hole diameter of the wheels you use. For thewheels, I recommend plastic hubs and rubber tires because of rust concerns.Revised: 10/12/2012Copyright 2005 by Robert E. Reedy, Vandalia, Ohio

Traditional Picnic Table Plans - End & Side ViewsPage 229"30 1/2"17"58 3/4"72"30 1/2"17"52"Copyright2005 by Robert E. Reedy, Vandalia, Ohio

Traditional Picnic Table Plans - Parts DimensionsPage 3Notice: Before cutting the parts, be sure to look over the cutout drawings on page 5 .The Legs should be cut at the indicated angles and lengths as shown.Otherwise, there will be wasted wood.Top & Seat Boards (9 Required)5 1/2 "72 "57 "3 1/2 "Seat Supports (2 Required)5 1/2 "8 1/2 "5 1/2 "65 65 Legs (4 Required)32 "Note: To get the 65 angles, you may need to set your miter saw to 25 .This is because the scales on most miter saws are set so that a 90 cut is labeled as 0 on the scale.26 "26 "2"3 1/2 "End Top Supports (2 Required)3 1/2 "Top Stiffener (3 Required)2 1/2 "10 "10 "3/4 "1 1/2 "3 1/2 "Leg Protector (4 Required)Seat Stiffener (6 Required)90 50 Brace (2 Required)1/2"40 30 1/4 "Cut off a section of the end braces asshown in the detail view above.Copyright2005 by Robert E. Reedy, Vandalia, OhioRev. 03/31/2021

Traditional Picnic Table Plans - Hole LayoutPage 414"2 1/4"3"Seat Support3"14"23"Drill four 3/8" holes in the Seat Supports for the Legs as shown3/4 "1 1/2"4 3/4"1 1/2"Seat Support8"4 3/4"8"Drill six 3/16" diameter holes in the Seat Supports and countersinkthem for #8 deck screws as shown. These holes are for mounting theSeat Stiffeners to the End Top Supports.14 5/8 "15 3/16"2 3/16"Seat Stiffener3"1"LegDrill four 3/8" holes in each Leg as shown26"10"2"5"3"9"9"1 1/2"2"3/4"5"Drill four 3'8" holes in the End Top Supports.These holes will be used for mounting the legs.2 1/2"1"Drill & countersink four holes in theSeat Stiffeners for #8 screws.1 1/2"1 1/2"3"2 1/2"3 1/2"3"1 1/2"1"3 1/2"Drill & countersink four holes in the End TopSupports for #8 deck screws for mounting thestiffeners to the End Top Supports.2 1/2"2"1"11 3/4"5 7/8"Top StiffenerDrill & countersink ten holes in the TopStiffeners for # 8 screws.Leg ProtectorDrill & countersink two 3/16" holes in the LegProtectors - 1 1/2" from from each end ancentered top to bottom. Round off the outteredges on all four sides so they don't scratchanyones legs.Drill & countersink two holes on theends of the braces for # 8 screws asshown.Copyright2005 by Robert E. Reedy, Vandalia, Ohio

26"26"26"Brace (2 Required)Top Stiffener (3 Required)Stiffener(6 Required)Copyright10"30 1/4"Legs (4 Required)30 1/4"2005 by Robert E. Reedy, Vandalia, Ohio32"Legs (4 Required)32"Legs (4 Required)Legs (4 Required)Cut the legs from two 6' treated two by sixes as shown.Stiffener(6 Required)Stiffener(6 Required)Stiffener(6 Required)Top Stiffener (3 Required)26"Brace (2 Required)26"10"Top Stiffener (3 Required)10"Stiffener(6 Required)10"Stiffener(6 Required)10"End Top Supports (2 Required)10"End Top Supports (2 Required)Cut the 3 1/3" wide pieces from three 8' two by fours as shown.Traditional Picnic Table Plans - Cutout DrawingsPage 532"32"

Traditional Picnic Table Plans - Mounting the WheelsPage 61 1/8"FlushWheels that are labeled 6" may not be exactly 6" in diameter. So, you'll need to place yourwheel on the bottom of the leg as shown. The center of the axle hole should be 1 1/8" from theedge and the edge should be flush with the bottom of the leg as shown. Make a mark throughthe axle hole and drill a 1/2" hole, (or the diameter of the axle hole for your wheels), for the axlebolt in the marked position.30 1/2"Cut off the end so the edge closest to the axle hole is 32 1/2" long as shown.Mount the wheels with 3 1/2" by 1/2" diameter (or the diameter of the axle hole for yourwheels) hex head bolts. You should place a flat washer between the wheel and the leg andbetween the nut and the leg. I recommend using galvanized bolts, nuts, and washers.You'll need to use self-locking nuts because the wheels won't turn if you tighten them againstthe leg. Tighten them just enough so the wheels are not too sloppy.Copyright2005 by Robert E. Reedy, Vandalia, Ohio

Traditional Picnic Table Plans - Attach the StiffenersPage 7Apply some weather proof glue to the matingsurfaces and attach a Seat Stiffener to each endof each Seat Support with 3" long # 8 Deckscrews as shown. Next, attach a Top Stiffenerto each End Top Support.Arrange the 5 top boards as shown with a 3/8"gap between each board. Attach the two TopSupports (stiffeners should already beattached) to the top boards with 2 1/2" deckscrews as shown. (Be sure the top boards lineup properly and the ends are flush and square.Also be sure the center support is centeredfrom end to end.)Attach the center stiffer as shown.10"Copyright2005 by Robert E. Reedy, Vandalia, Ohio

Traditional Picnic Table Plans - Attach the Seats & LegsPage 8Mount seat boards to the seatsupports with 2 1/2" deck screwsas shown.1"10"Mount the legs to the Seat Supports with 3 1/2" long3/8" diameter galvanized carriage bolts as shown. Useflat washers for the side the nuts go on. can tightenthem after you have finished mounting the topassembly.Leave these bolts snug for now.You cantighten them after mounting the topassembly.Attach the leg protectorswith 1 5/8" #8 Deck Screws.Copyright2005 by Robert E. Reedy, Vandalia, OhioNote the dimensions shown.

Traditional Picnic Table Plans - Attach the Top & BracesPage 9Mount the legs to the Top Supports with3 1/2" long 3/8" diameter galvanizedcarriage bolts as shown. Now you cantighten all the bolts for the seat assemblyand the top supports.Mount the braces to the seat supportsand top as shown. The end of thebraces with 40 tip goes against thecenter top stiffener. Page 2 gives agood illustration of how the bracesare placed.This completes the assemblyof your picnic table.Copyright2005 by Robert E. Reedy, Vandalia, Ohio

Traditional Picnic Table Plans - How the wheels work.Page 10In the normal position, the weight is supported by the legs.When raised like this, the wheels support the weight and picnic table may be rolled.Copyright2005 by Robert E. Reedy, Vandalia, Ohio

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