Picnic table for the kids
Simply Measure, Cut, Drill & Assemble!
This picnic table is an ideal project for the less than experienced woodworker to test his (or her!) skills.
The picnic table is an ideal size to seat children from the ages of about 1 year through to 7 years old.
This basic project involves simply cutting the pieces to length, marking where the holes are to be drilled, drilling the holes and putting the pieces together. This table can be built without the use of any power tools.
tools you will need
• Work stool or saw horse, • Set square, • Hand drill, • Adjustable spanner, • Measuring tape, • 5mm drill bit, • Screwdriver, • pencil, • 6mm drill bit, • Sharp handsaw, • Hammer
The wood, sizes, & measurements
Dimensions given in this project are in both metric (mm) and standard (inches).
For the most part The metric measurements are given first followed by the standard measurements in brackets ( ). For example: 150mm x 25mm (1x6).
Some segments have been written twice - the first incorporating metric measurements followed by the second with standard measurement.
The wood used in this project is 150mm x 25mm (1x6) stock for the seats and tabletop, and 75mm x 25mm (1x3) for the legs, seat supports, table supports, and brace. The latter can be ripped out of the former (cut lengthwise, in half) if need be.
150x25 (1x6) wood usually machines (dresses, planes or gauges) down to approx 140x19 (3/4" x 5-1/2") .
75x25 (1x3) wood usually machines (dresses, planes or gauges) down to approx 65x19 (3/4" x 2-1/2").
If the table is intended to be left outside, choose a wood that has a natural resistance to decay (i.e. doesn't rot easily). Your local timber supplier can advise you on the best available options.