Every season, we try to pick at least one large project that we can not only work on throughout the coming weeks, but also that we can use right away once it’s finished! This year, we looked out at our backyard and thought about how we wouldn’t mind having a picnic table to eat dinner on outside in the summer. Rather than buying one, we opted to look into how we might make one. That’s how we found ourselves scouring the Internet for DIY picnic table tutorials that might help us get started.
Are you also feeling quite enamoured with the idea of making your very own picnic table to use before fall comes? Check out these 15 fantastic ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search!
1. Modern wooden picnic table
Are you actually quite new to the whole concept of woodworking but you’re still feeling quite intent on making your very own picnic table regardless, even though you’d like to keep it simple? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Modern Builds made this lovely piece that’s full of nice, clean lines that are easy to cut and look very modern.
2. Bent bottom frame table
Perhaps you’ve always liked the look of picnic tables that have a full bottom brace rather than just legs that end bluntly but, even though you do have some experience with woodworking, you still feel like you could use some guidance along the way? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Instructables made this stunning bent frame table that has a nice, natural finish.
3. X-frame table and bench picnic table
Have you actually already established quite a farmhouse chic aesthetic inside your house and now you can’t help wondering whether or not there might be a way that you can incorporate that same style in your yard as well? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a gander at how Life Storage made this lovely X-frame table with separate benches that are built to match.
4. Easy classic table with rounded corner benches
Have you actually been scrolling through our list thinking about the fact that you might prefer to make a slightly more classically styled table but you’re also concerned about sharp corners around your little kids, since they’re always bumping their heads on things? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Kleinworth & Co. made this lovely picnic table that has rounded off corners on the benches, which they fully outline in detail.
5. Kids’ sized miniature picnic table
Are you actually feeling quite intrigued by the idea of making your very first picnic table from scratch but a full sized one that will seat many adults sounds just a little more intimidating than you were hoping for? In that case, we have a feeling you might get along a little bit better with something like this miniature kids’ sized picnic table outlined step by surprisingly simple step on Ana White.
6. DIY fire pit picnic table
Perhaps you’re actually quite experienced in the world of wood working so you’re looking for something a little more challenging or with a touch of novelty to it? In that case, we have a strong feeling you might get a good kick out of the way DIY Boss made this full sized wooden picnic table that actually has a fully working miniature fire pit in the middle!
7. Large octagon picnic table
If you’re going to take on a challenge when it comes to making a picnic table, would you actually prefer to make something even larger than what you’ve seen so far? Then we think you just might be the perfect person to try your hand at this fantastic octagon shaped wooden table with park seating style benches. Get the full details for making one of your own on The Owner Builder Network.
8. Colourful painted picnic table
Whether you’re making the picnic table yourself from scratch or buying one from the store, are you convinced that you night like the piece better if it had a slightly brighter finish than just the natural wood you made it from? In that case, we have a strong feeling that this brightly painted picnic table tutorial outlined step by step on Oh joy might be right up your alley!
9. DIY cedar outdoor dining table
Perhaps your family actually spends your summer evenings eating dinner outside more often than not, so you’re looking for a full sized dining space rather than just a little picnic table that only gets used occasionally? Then we’d be willing to bet you’ll get a lot of use out of this family sized dining table outlined with full plans on Hometalk.
10. Cooler picnic table
Did we actually really catch your attention when we started talking about the concept of building a picnic table that has some kind of extra feature built right into the centre but you’re just not sure you want that thing to be a fire pit since you have little kids? Well, if you’ve ever been a fan of enjoying a nice, cold beverage on your sunny patio, then we think you simply must take a look at the way Yellawood built a cooler into the middle of theirs instead!
11. DIY picnic table with cushioned seats
Have you actually always shied away from using picnic tables too often because you don’t like how hard the wooden seats are and you can’t stand sitting on them for very long? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll get a real kick out of the way Arrow made this picnic table that actually has cushioned seats!
12. Convertible bench to picnic table
Are you feeling pretty intent on making yourself a picnic table of some kind but you’re also just not sure that you quite have the room in your yard to have it sitting there at all times if you want to make sure your kids also have room to play? In that case, we have a feeling you might prefer the way Her Tool Belt made this very innovative design that actually, with a simple pull, shifts from being a picnic table with two benches into a singular bench with a back!
13. Old tree fort to a herringbone picnic table
Of course, you don’t have to reclaim your wood from a tree fort the way A Turtle’s Life for Me did here, but their awesome repurposed wooden picnic table tutorial is still a fantastic one no matter what you use! We adore the way they show you not only how to make a fully sized table, but also how to do so by fitting boards together to make a lovely herringbone pattern across the top.
14. Kids’ picnic table with an umbrella hole
Did we actually really catch your attention when we started talking about the idea of making a smaller kids’ sized picnic table, but you’re worried about your kids spending too much time in the sun while they sit and eat and you have the kind of yard that doesn’t have any shade? In that case, we think you might prefer the way DIY at Needles and Nails made this kids’ sized table that has a hole in the middle for a large sun umbrella.
15. Upcycled barn door picnic table
If you’re going to do some upcycling or style your picnic table after a farmhouse chic aesthetic, would you rather make it really unique and authentic? Then we’re pretty sure this tutorial from Rain On a Tin Roof might be just the one for you! They teach you step by step how to make a picnic table from an actual reclaimed barn door, which makes up the tabletop.
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