Table of Contents
- 2The wood sizes
- 3Material requirements
- 4Identifying the pieces
- 5The plans - Side (sectional)
- 6The plans - Looking down view
- 7The plans - Individual frame pieces
- 8Step 1. Make a template for the rounds and bolt holes
- 9Step 2. Cut and drill the frame pieces
- 10Step 3. Make up the frame sections
- 11Step 4. Connect the rear sections to the top sections
- 12Step 5. Connect the front sections
- 13Step 6. Align the frames for seating
- 14Step 7. Fix the seats and tabletop
- 15Step 8. Attach the back-stop
- 16Step 9. Add the front leg stops & the seat braces
- 17The finished product
What you will need
Is the bench / picnic table going to be used inside or outside?
If outside, ensure the wood, bolts, screws, and glue are suitable.
Altogether you will need 7.5 metres (25 ft) of 45 mm x 19 mm (¾” x 1¾”) stock.
That allows for a bit of waste.
Note: For an alternative stock size refer to the previous two pages.
Tip: When purchasing, choose the longest lengths possible. When cutting the pieces, always cut the longest lengths first to minimize waste. The shorter pieces can be cut from the off-cuts.
1 piece of 135 mm x 19 mm (¾” x 5¼”) board @ 824 mm (32 ½) long.
1 piece of 135 mm x 19 mm (¾” x 5¼”) board @ 748 mm (29 ½) long.
Note: If you can’t source the exact stock size you can rip it out of wider stock.
1 piece of board 300 mm x 19 mm x 900 mm (¾” x 11⅞” x 35 ½”)
Note: The tabletop board can be any type of board suitable for the conditions (inside use or outside use?) such as plywood, MDF panel, shelving board etc.
You will also need
Four 8 mm (5⁄16″) bolts 50 mm (2″) long. Also eight washers and four nylon locking nuts (or similar).
A handful (seventy or so) of 38 mm (1 ½”) wood screws.
Some good wood glue.