Step 1: Cut the Frame Parts

picnic bench illustration with just the legs highlighted
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Cut four legs from 2x8s, mitering the top and bottom of each leg 22 degrees. Cut two 2x4 horizontal crosspieces to support the top and two 2x8 crosspieces for the benches. Cut one corner off each end of the bench crosspieces. Make two 2x4 braces with 45-degree mitered ends to run from the sides to the underside of the tabletop. Cut 2x4 middle braces for the benches and the top.
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    Tools List

    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver, fitted with a 7/16-inch drill bit
    • adjustable wrench
      Adjustable wrench

    Shopping List

    1. Pressure-treated 2x8 You'll need three 8-footers to build the bench crosspieces and legs.

    2. Pressure-treated 2x6 You'll need nine 6-footers to build the top and benches.

    3. Pressure-treated 2x4 You'll need three 6-footers to build the top crosspieces and the braces under the top and bench. 4. 3/8 x 3½-inch exterior grade carriage bolts to attach the bench crosspieces to the legs. You'll need 8.

    5. 3/8-inch washers and nuts. You'll need 8 of each.

    6. 2½-inch deck screws to attach the top, benches and braces.