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Folding Picnic Table Plans
picnic table and bench seat combination

How to make
A Folding Picnic Table
bullet Page one: Introduction & About the Lumber  |  User Comments/Photos
bullet Page two: Plans
bullet Page three: Identifying the parts
bullet Page three: Individual pieces & Materials List
bullet Page four: Instructions
bullet Page five: Instructions continued
bullet See pictures   -   See video at YouTube


This folding picnic table and bench seat combination consists of two individual bench seats with backs that can be folded over and up to form a picnic table capable of seating four adults and two kids.
It is very simple to revert the table back into two separate bench seats whenever this combination is preferred.

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The idea itself is not a new one and varying designs have been around for ages. What separates this design from most, is its focus on stability.
The seats backs, which also fold to form the table, have extended support pieces that fit between one another when joined to create a flush and stable tabletop. This clever design factor, along with the angle and placement of the front seat legs, lessens the chance of the folding picnic table and bench seat combination collapsing when it is in the table-and-seat mode.

The folding picnic table and bench seat is structured solely from 150x50 (2x6) and 100x50 (2x4) lumber, making it a very solid structure.

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Info: This project is in both metric and imperial. All measurements are given in millimeters (mm) first, followed by feet and/or inches in brackets.
The metric sizes are not an exact match to the equivalent imperial sizes. A picnic table built using the metric measurements will be approximately 1.6% smaller than a picnic table built using the imperial (ft and in) measurements. The imperial measurements are more suited to North America. The metric measurements are more suited to Australasia.

About the lumber
This project is constructed out of dressed (surfaced or smooth) 150x50 (2x6) and 100x50 (2x4) lumber.
Because this folding picnic table and bench seat combination is most likely to be left outside it is important to use stock that is suitable for exterior use.

The size (width and thickness) of the lumber referred to in this project is the nominal size. However, because the lumber is dressed (surfaced, smooth) the actual size of the lumber will be less than the nominal size. For example: 100x50 (2x4) lumber when dressed will have an actual size of approximately 90x45 (1 1/2"x 3 1/2") and 150x50 (2x6) lumber when dressed will have an actual size of approximately 140x45 (1 1/2"x 5 1/2").
Sizes can vary slightly from place to place but that should not be of too much concern for this project.

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User comments

I used the angles cuts and basic design, but added depth and length to the seat and table. I used a different design for the arm rests, mostly for aesthetic reasons. I also had to put another 2x4 under the bench for extra seat support. The surface material is the gray composite deck material.
Sean B. Boise    See pictures

Here's a couple of pics of my folding picnic table built with a Buildeazy plan. Folks love it. Thanks    Doug Howell

I just built the folding picnic table project and your plans were some of the best I've worked with. I used the USCS units for my build with 2x6 and 2x4 pressure treated lumber. Everything has been completed aside from a bit of light sanding and staining.
I had a couple of minor comments on the plans, however.
1. In the individual pieces diagram, the labels for parts e and f are reversed.
2. For item "k", you dont mention that the non-curved end should be cut at a 10-degree angle.
3. This is rather minor but the decorative filler pieces for one of the units is not quite wide enough with the 2x6 lumber. Even so, it was close enough that I used it anyway.
The only narrow strap hinges that I could find were 6" long rather than the 8" called for so I used them and they seem to be doing the job well. I can send some photos after it is stained up.    Chad

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