How to Build a Kids Picnic Table How to Build a Kids Picnic Table
Kids enjoy having a kid’s picnic table of their own. Sitting at a custom-built table allows kids to play and eat without disturbing adults. Such a picnic table also prevents kids from feeling out of place at a big table.
Step 1 - Cutting Out the Pieces
Be sure to mark each piece of wood that you cut so as to save time when assembling the table.
Cut the 1 by 3 foot, 4 foot long pieces of lumber as follows:
- 23 1/2 inch long with 30 degree cuts on each end, which will be used as the legs (4)
- 16 1/2 inch long as table supports (2)
- 33 inch long as seat supports (2)
- 24 1/2 inch long as a brace (1)
Cut the following on the 1 by 6 foot, 8 foot long pieces of lumber:
- 35 1/2 inch long pieces for the top of the picnic table (3)
- 35 1/2 inch long pieces to be used for the seats (2)
Step 2 – Sanding the Wood
Begin by lightly sanding the individual pieces of the table to remove any coarse pieces or marks. You only need to sand sufficiently for the wood to absorb the stain. Use 100 grit sandpaper on either a sanding block or vibrator sander.
Step 3 – Staining or Painting the First Coat
Finishing the wood with a coat of stain or paint will prolong the useful life of your kid’s picnic table and is therefore recommended.
Once you have completed the sanding process, you can begin to stain the individual kid’s picnic table pieces. Use a paintbrush to apply an exterior primer to the wood initially. Once this has dried, use a paintbrush to apply 2 coats of either paint or stain that is recommended for outdoor use. Stain or paint not only the top and bottom, but the sides as well.
Step 4 – Staining or Painting the Second Coat
Once all the pieces are dry, you can apply a second coat.
Remember that it is easier to stain the individual pieces than it is to stain the assembled project. You must therefore paint or stain before any actual construction begins.
When the second coat has also dried, apply a polyurethane coating. This coating keeps the stain looking new and allows you to easily clean the table. It also protects your table from the elements.
Step 5 – Constructing the Frame
Once the polyurethane is dry you can start constructing the table.
Begin by laying out the table and seat supports. Position the legs on top of the supports and line them up. Use the longer wood screws to secure the legs to the supports. This assembly will create your frame and will keep the kid’s picnic table upright.
Step 6 – Assembling
Attach the long brace in the middle of the legs and flush against the table top. The braces are attached using two of the smaller screws.
The boards that remain are all the same size. Position one at each seat location and using the small wood screws, secure these to the supports once they have been lined up. Position the last 3 boards on the top and secure them in place with the small wood screws.