What kind of wood should I use for a picnic table?
Softwood species like Cedar, Redwood and Douglas fir are all good options that are both weather-resistant and available at most lumber yards. These are the best woods for picnic tables because they are lightweight and extremely tough.
How high is a picnic table bench?
The tabletop surface should be approximately between 2′ and 3′ in height and width and 6′ to 8′ in length. For a standard aluminum picnic table, the bench should measure approximately 1.5′ from the ground.
How many two by sixes does it take to make a picnic table?
Cut Wood Pieces Table Top: 5 two-by-sixes to 72 inches. Seats: 4 two-by-sixes to 72 inches. Legs: 4 two-by-eights to 30 inches. Lower Leg Cross Braces: 2 two-by-eights to 60 inches.
How do you make an easy picnic table?
How to Build a Picnic Table
- Cut four legs from 2x8s, mitering the top and bottom of each leg 22 degrees.
- Cut two 2×4 horizontal crosspieces to support the top and two 2×8 crosspieces for the benches.
- Make two 2×4 braces with 45-degree mitered ends to run from the sides to the underside of the tabletop.
What angle do I cut picnic table legs?
Draw a 60-degree angle at each end of the legs using a pencil and combination square, then cut with a circular saw.