Picnic Table

Drink Trough Hack

Sure to be a gathering point, this roomy table features seating for up to eight adults with separate benches for unencumbered legroom.

Start by constructing the table and bench tops, followed by the leg systems. The half-lap joints on the legs are easy to create and add a touch of charm.

A final sanding and coating of protection will have this table ready for action.

An easy weekend project, it won’t be long until this table becomes the center of most backyard festivities.

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COST:

TIME: 6 Hrs

SKILL:

Picnic Table

Materials

  • (10) 2 x 6 x 8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (5) 2 x 4 x 10' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (1) ½ lb. box of 1¼" wood screws + appropriate bit
  • 4" heavy-duty wood lag screws (1 box, approx. 70 screws)
  • (12) ¼" x 3½" carriage bolts (galvanized)
  • (6) ¼" x 4½" carriage bolts (galvanized)
  • (18) ¼" washers and nuts (galvanized)
  • (12) 2" x 5" corner tie-plates
  • (72) ¼" Phillips pan-head screws + Phillips driver bit
  • Preferred wood finish

Cut List

  • A : (10) 2 x 6 x 72"
  • B* : (2) 2 x 4 x 32"
  • C* : (4) 2 x 4 x 10½"
  • D* : (4) 2 x 4 x 38¾"
  • E* : (8) 2 x 4 x 19½"
  • F* : (2) 2 x 4 x 23¼"
  • G* : (4) 2 x 4 x 16¼"

Requires detail cuts.

Tools

  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Miter saw (or chop saw)
  • Combination countersink bit (with 1/8" bit)
  • Drill/driver
  • Clamps (two at least 5' long)
  • Chisel or file
  • Hammer
  • Socket wrench (with a 7 /16" bit)
  • 3/16" & 1/4" Drill bits
  • 1/2" & 1" Forstner bits
  • Hex driver bit
  • Radial sander (or sanding block)

Drink Trough Hack

Picnic Table Hack

Hack Materials

  • (2) 1 x 8 x 8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (3) 1 x 4 x 10' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • Phillips bit to remove pan-head screws
  • 1¼" wood screws + appropriate bit
  • 1⅝" wood screws + appropriate bit
  • 1⅛" rubber stopper
  • 14" roll of roof flashing
  • Tube of construction cement
  • Tube of silicone caulk
  • Preferred wood finish

Hack Tools

  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Miter saw (or chop saw)
  • Table saw
  • Jig saw
  • 1 1/8" Forstner Bits
  • Drill/driver
  • Clamps
  • Combination countersink bit (with 1/8" bit)
  • Hammer
  • Socket wrench (with a 7/16" bit)
  • Hex driver bit (fits lag screw head)
  • Metal snips
  • Radial sander (or sanding block)
  • Rag (to wipe up caulk and adhesive)
  • Pocket screw jig (optional)
  • Caulk gun