Cross-leg picnic table

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Plans and step-by-step instructions on how to build a X-leg picnic table and bench seat.

There are 16 pages in the downloadable PDF file.
There are clear plans, instructions, pictures, and drawings.

This is a good large solid stand-alone cross-leg table with a separate bench seat.
It is a design ideal for a garden or lawn.

The size of it

Ft and inch version

It’s a stand alone cross-leg table 80″ long by 30-3/4″ wide with a separate bench seat 80″ long by 15-1/4″ wide. It is a good size table with a wider than normal bench.
The unit is made solely out of 2×4 and 2×8 treated lumber (nominal size).

Metric version

The table is 2m long by 770mm wide. The separate bench seat is 2m long by 384mm wide, which is a good width (wider than most).
The table is 750mm high and the bench is 450mm high.

Wood and wood sizes

There are two wood sizes used in this project.
They are 2×8 and 2×4 treated lumber. Dimensions are given in inches.
Take note, the dimensions given above are the nominal (called) sizes.
The actual sizes are 1-1/2″ x 7-1/4″ and 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ respectively. I.e. – 2×8 is really 1-1/2″ x 7-1/4″, and 2×4 is really 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″.
The table top boards and the bench top boards are 2×8, and all else is 2×4.
At the time of writing, both the Home Depot and Lowes (USA) stocked the above sizes in lengths of 8ft and 16ft.

Materials – shopping list

Ft and inch version

2×8, six lengths @ 8ft.
2×4, six lengths @ 8ft.
Note: You will be able to cut all the pieces from the lengths above. There will be a bit of wastage with the 2×8 as the required table and bench lengths are 80″ and the stock (in store) lengths are 96″ (8ft.)
Other stuff
3-1/2″ exterior type wood screws, you will around 60
5/16″ x 5″ Galvanized Hex Lag Screws, You will need 8 screws and 8 washers

Metric version

Note: You can replace the 35mm thick wood with 38mm, or 45mm, or similar thick wood if the former is not available in your country.

190mm x 35mm: You will need 2 @ 6m
90mm x 45mm: You will need 3 @ 5.4m
14g x 85mm galvanised bugle head screws: you will need around 60
8mm x 130mm galvanized hex coach screws and washers: You will need 8 screws and 8 washers

Cutting list

Ft and inch version

[a] table top and bench top – 6 @ 80″
[b] table brace and seat brace – 2 @ 68″
[c] table legs – 4 @ 38″
[d] table rails – 3 @ 29-3/8″
[e] bench legs – 4 @ 23-1/8″
[f] bench rails – 3 @ 14-1/2″

Metric version

190mm x 35mm
[a] table top and bench top – 6 @ 2m

90mm x 45mm
[b] table brace and seat brace – 2 @ 1700mm
[c] table legs – 4 @ 960mm
[d] table rails – 3 @ 760mm
[e] bench legs – 4 @ 575mm
[f] bench rails – 3 @ 380mm

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    Hi all,

    I’ve bought the premium plans for the X legged table and found them really useful – thanks Les!

    I wasn’t able to get the exact wood sizes in the UK and so have got 100x47mm instead of the 90×45 for the rails, brace etc and 200x47mm for the table and bench top.

    I was wondering though if anyone could help with the X measurements given the different size wood.. I’m assuming that given the wood is thicker, the measurements for the cut down legs at 36 degrees (normally 885 for table leg and 512 for bench leg) and the measurements between end and cut out x section will differ (normally 518/93/274 for table and 332/93/87 for bench)..

    Before I start cutting I wanted to run this by anyone that might know to see if they’re able to help with what the measurements would be/suggestions..


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