Convertible park bench/picnic table

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Project by Joe Cumbo posted 10-20-2006 08:13 AM 52586 views 32 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a project that gets a work out during the summer. When you want a comfortable place to sit outside it’s a park bench. When you want to eat outside the bench converts to a picnic table. I built 2 of them and when I put both of them together as a picnic table it seats 6 people and still has plenty of table space for food and drink.

I built it out of preasure treated 2×4s. I can’t remember what book I got the plans out of but if somebody is interested I look for it.

They work pretty well. The back/top pivots and there are 2 eye bolts (one on each end) that locks the back/top either in the back or top positions. Just remember to use galvanized hardware so you wont have to worry about rust.


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#2 posted 10-28-2006 08:23 PM

Joe, could I please have the plan for the convertable bench? My husband and I are planning a hummingbird sanctuary and are going to build a pergola for a table area, I’d like to incorporate four of the benches into the plan so when we have extra guests we will have enough room.
Thanks, Mabelgrace

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#3 posted 11-06-2006 06:05 AM

joe i also made one of these table/benches but left it at my last house. now i cannot find the plans and would like to build one for my new gazebo. if you could find your plans and get me a copy that would be great. thanks

-- dstanph

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#4 posted 12-26-2006 01:29 PM

Joe, this project brings back old memories. The following picture is of my brother and sister taken in 1957/8. Although you can’t see much of it, the picnic table at which they are sitting was made by my father with a simple hand saw, and brace and bit. It was exactly like the one you made in every detail.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 04-29-2007 11:28 PM

Hello Joe, I have been trying for a couple of years to find plans for the “Convertivle Table Bench” that Pat Simpson did on a “Fix It Up” episode on HGTV. This looks pretty close. Could you please email me information on how I could obtain working plans on this project from you!

My email is

Also, check out my B&B website too

Many thanks in advance.

Bob Hansen

-- BobH, Belfast Maine,

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#6 posted 04-30-2007 01:10 AM

I’m pretty sure I saw plans for one of these online—one of the “free plans” sites.
Not sure where though..

They are a great idea and yours sure does looks comfy

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 04-30-2007 09:13 PM

I built these about 8 years ago from plans I had in either a book or magazine I have. I’ve tried to find the plans but I have about 25 years worth of woodworking books an magazines to go through. If I do find the plans I’ll let you know.


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#8 posted 05-03-2007 01:40 AM

Joe -

Just browsing some older posts before I joined LJ. I like your bench / table set. Excellent!


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#9 posted 05-03-2007 02:39 AM

It’s great when projects like these come up fresh in the shuffle. Very nice work Joe. I really enjoy seeing beautiful pieces made with 2×4’s. Thanks for posting this.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#10 posted 06-07-2007 06:31 PM

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#11 posted 06-07-2007 08:56 PM


The plans look to be the same as far as my memory goes!!! Thanks Kevin!


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#12 posted 08-04-2008 12:47 AM

Try this for the plans, this bench can be either 6’ or 8’


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#13 posted 04-13-2009 01:16 AM


Did you ever find these plans? I sure would like to see them. This is the best looking convertible picnic table I’ve seen. Please advise, my email:


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#14 posted 05-05-2009 06:14 AM

Ohio State needs these. Every School Needs these.

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#15 posted 05-05-2009 06:19 AM

nice Job

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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