Kids Picnic Tables

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Project by donalre posted 05-16-2011 03:12 PM 1940 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are pictures of a type of Childs Picnic Table that I enjoy building. I have built over fifteen of these small tables in the last year. The first I built for one of my grandsons, now everyone wants one. Not particularly complicated or certainly not as difficult as some of the projects I see shown here on LJ, but I enjoy making them and giving them to the little tykes.

-- Ray, Auburn, Alabama

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#1 posted 05-16-2011 03:33 PM

They look great! I have been wanting to make some for my kids for a while. A word of caution on the materials: Be careful using pressure treated lumber for kids stuff. Many people worry about chemicals transfering from hands and food into their kids. I know some guys who will build the entire table out PT materials and non-treated stuff for the top. It looks funny, but they claim it is safer. Just a thought.

-- christopheralan

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#2 posted 05-16-2011 03:48 PM

Thank you for your kind comments. I agree with you on the safety aspect. The only wood I use to make these is the “Yellowwood” brand which carries the Greenguard® Children & Schools certification. See link below . I also plane and run edges through my jointer to remove top layer where the chemicals are more concentrated. I know that it will reduce lifetime of wood but I feel better about doing that.

-- Ray, Auburn, Alabama

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#3 posted 05-16-2011 03:52 PM

Wow! I have never heard of that. I am gonna have to look into getting some. I wish I would have known about it sooner. Thanks for the link!

-- christopheralan

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#4 posted 05-16-2011 05:01 PM

Great idea and execution. Care to share some dimensions? I’d love to make one for my kids.

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#5 posted 05-16-2011 08:56 PM

Nice table. I recently made a full size picnic table out of the same Yellawood material, but haven’t finished it yet. What finish did you use on this? It looks great!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 05-17-2011 03:02 AM

Love them! I have a passion for yellow pine; love the look of it.

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#7 posted 05-17-2011 09:59 AM

Very nice, like it very much! And I think the children love it too to have their own “special” place.
And in the back all those beautiful adirondacks, i guess your shed is a garden furniture factory. Very Nice!
Thank you for sharing

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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#8 posted 05-17-2011 05:12 PM

Looks great.
I have made a bunch of these too over the years; you are right everyone loves them.
I made a fold-up version also – so it is easier to take on those camping picnics…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#9 posted 07-20-2011 02:19 AM

Do you mind sharing a couple of measurements? How many inches from table top to ground? How many inches from seat to ground? And, angle of the cut for the support posts?

I have some lumber left over from the adult picnic table my grandfather and I made over 4th of July weekend, and want to make a basic one for the kids.

Thank you very much.

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