Overview

overview of picnic table with bench
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Project Timeline
Saturday: Build the tabletop and trestle base and attach the tabletop (Steps 1–17)

Sunday: Build the benches (Steps 18–24).

Download and print the picnic table and benches cut list.

Picnic Table Cut List
5/4x4 cedar for the legs: four @ 27 inches
5/4x6 cedar for the stiles: two @ 80 inches
5/4x6 cedar for the rails: three @ 24 inches
5/4x6 cedar for the tabletop slats: eight @ 33¼ inches
5/4x6 cedar for the feet and brackets: eight @ 29½ inches
5/4x10 cedar board for the stretcher: one @ 54 inches (or glue two 6-inch-wide boards edge to edge and rip the result to width)

Picnic Table Bench Cut List (for two benches)
5/4x6 cedar for the bench tops: four @ 73 inches
5/4x4 cedar for the end caps: four @ 11½ inches
5/4x4 cedar for the feet and brackets: eighteen @ 11½ inches
5/4x4 cedar for the legs: eight @ 15 inches
5/4x4 cedar for the stretchers: two @ 65 inches
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Measuring tape
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • adjustable clamp
      Clamps
    • straight edge
      Straightedge
    • router
      Router with a ¾-inch straight bit
    • bar clamp
      Bar clamps
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • 3/8-inch doweling jig
      -inch doweling jig. Go to Rockler
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • 3/8-inch twist bit
      -inch twist bit
    • 1/8-inch bit with combination countersink
      -inch bit with a combination countersink
    • 1/8-inch twist bit
      -inch twist bit
    • circular saw
      Circular saw

    Shopping List

    1. 5/4x4. Get three 8-footers for the benches and one 10-footer for the table.

    2. 5/4x6. Get two 8-footers for the benches and seven 10-footers for the table.

    3. 5/4x10. Get one 6-footer for the table.

    4. -by-2-inch spiral-cut

    5. wood dowels

    6. exterior-grade wood glue

    7. ¾-inch brass or stainless-steel screws

    8. 1½-inch deck screws