Table of Contents
- 1Introduction & description
- 2Shopping list
- 3Part identification - Schematics
- 4The plans
- 5The individual pieces
- 6Step 1. Mark and cut the pieces
- 7The angles pattern
- 8Step 2. The round cuts
- 9Step 3. The bolt holes
- 10Step 4. Make up the back seat side-frames
- 11Step 5. Make up the front legs
- 12Step 6. Join the table rails to the leg extensions
- 13Step 7. Assemble the side-frames
- 14Step 8. See if it works
- 15Step 9. Prepare for the seat boards
- 16Step 10. Add the seat boards
- 17Step 11. Add the tabletop boards
- 18Step 12. Keeping the tabletop boards even
- 19Step 13. Add the backrest stop
- 20Step 14. Stop the table from spreading
- 21Step 15. Add the seat braces
- 22Step 16. Well done
- 23Appendix 1: Changing stock size and/or table length
- 24Appendix 2: The backrest clip-on
Introduction & description
Folding picnic table made solely out of 2×4 lumber
This model also has an optional ‘clip-on’ piece that adds to the height of the backrest when the unit is in bench mode.
The ‘clip-on’ actually adds somewhat to back comfort and (depending on taste) gives the bench more appeal.
I have tried to make this project as easy as possible, taking feedback into consideration.
This is a more simplified version with better explanations and loads of photos and drawings.
The size of the thing
In picnic table mode the overall footprint (area it takes up on the ground) is 60″ (1524mm) long by 47-1/4″ (1200mm) wide.
In bench seat mode the overall footprint is 60″ (1524mm) long by 21-1/2″ (545mm) wide.
The height is 29″ (737mm)
It is built using one wood size only – 2×4, a very common stock size.
The bench arms that have adorned the other models have been done away with as it is excess work, excess materials, and when in picnic table mode it is better without them.
This complete unit is built solely out of standard 2x4s (which measure 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches, actual size).
All the pieces can be cut from 9 only 8ft lengths of 2×4. Pretty common stuff.
What’s in this content
There are plan drawings, there’s a shopping list, a cutting list, there is a diagram showing how to cut the pieces from 9 only 8ft lengths of 2×4 to minimize waist, there is a diagram of every single piece with the dimensions, and that is followed by step-by-step instructions with plenty of pictures.
The measurements in this project are given in both inches and millimetre. The inches are given first followed by their metric equivalents in brackets – for example: 2×4 (50mm x 100mm).
Don’t be confused by ‘nominal’ (in name only) dimensions when you buy the wood.
It is called 2×4 but it really measures 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (thickness and width)
The metric equivalent of 2×4 is 50mm x 100mm, which really measures 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (38mm x 89mm), actual size when dimensioned or dressed.
In short – The actual, real size of the wood (thickness and width) used in this project is 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (38mm x 88mm).
If you want to use a different thickness wood or change the length of the table refer to ‘Changing stock size and/or table length’ in the appendix at the end.