How to Build a Picnic Table with Attached Benches
Squeeze the whole family in at the summer barbecue by creating a classic American picnic table with integrated benches or picking up a ready-made one
If you wanted to set up a folding table and chairs for your barbecue guests, party planners say you'd need to allot 10 square feet per person to create enough access. Do that on the average deck or patio and your Fourth of July celebration will get so chaotic that it may end with the wrong kind of fireworks. A classic picnic table with attached benches is the perfect solution. This staple of backyards and parks—with its elbow-to-elbow dining and climb-over seating—works in all terrains, so you can move off the deck and onto the grass.
You could buy one of the ready-made options offered in a range of outdoor-friendly materials. But if you're like most This Old House readers, you'll probably want to assemble stock lumber and sturdy bolts into one big enough to seat the entire clan. Either way, you'll end up with family-style seating that leaves enough room for the dog to run laps while waiting for the first hot dog to drop.