Kid's Picnic Table

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Project by warrenkicker posted 03-05-2010 06:35 PM 1581 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This past spring my wife had the idea that her parents needed an outdoor table more suited for the grandkids. She knew of another relative that had made a smaller scale picnic table just for the kids and decided we should make one of these for her parent’s anniversary.

I scaled the height down to 28” and the seat height to 15”. The table width is 28” and the seats are made from 2×10. It is all pressure treated and later got a coat of stain in the color her parents requested. The table is 60” long. Later I changed the x-brace between the legs to two angle braces that run from the lower cross member in the leg assemblies to the cross member that is on the bottom side of the table top that is slightly visible in one of the pictures. That way I could cut a hole through the table top to allow for a patio umbrella to be added to it when wanted.

Also not shown is some extra customization. We traced all the grandkid’s hands and had them write their name on a piece of paper. Then I took those and burned their hand shape and their signature into the seats.

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#1 posted 03-05-2010 07:22 PM

Great project. Everyone who has kids around needs one; best things ever. thanks for sharing your project and welcome to LJs.
I built one from scraps when my kids were little. They used it everyday and loved it. (mine is only 36” long)

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#2 posted 03-06-2010 03:21 AM

Great looking table I bet my grandkids are going t want one of these.

-- Okcut- When you come to the fork in the road--take it.

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#3 posted 03-06-2010 03:38 AM

The legs and all backcut angles are 22.5° as that is an easy number to work with on a power miter saw. I even built a prototype on this one so my wife to try it out with the kids and her. Many park picnic tables are tall even for adults. This one is sized such that many adults down to kids above 4 can easily use it. It is heavy however and since the legs are just the ends of 2×4s they will press into soft ground. It isn’t easy to move by one person. I used a router with a round-over bit on all the edges and then did some sanding to remove more splinter opportunities.

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