Child's Picnic Table

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Project by jeb1974 posted 09-11-2011 01:05 AM 1892 views 7 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, once you have made a picnic table for the adults you have to make one for the kids, especially when you have left over wood from making the adult picnic table. So, that is exactly what I did.

This project is actually one I did completely on my own. No plans and no help from grandfather. However, I did look at several kid picnic tables online and on LJ. The real key is figuring out how high to the seat and how high to the table top. I had 3 different measurements from different tables online and on LJ, and I decided to go with my own measurement. I was a little worried that I may have gotten it wrong, but we had half dozen kids over last weekend and they all loved the table, so my biggest critics were satisfied. The problem was trying to get something that a 2 year could use and a 10 year old could use. It works great.

I actually have more wood on there than I need, and used the left over 2×6s from the other table, but because I was trying to make it look like it matched the bigger picnic table I added double braces and supports. It cost about $50 in wood and hardware (carriage bolts are not cheap!!!!). If I cut out a few pieces of wood and use just 2×4s then I think I can get it down to $35. It is made out of Doug Fir, so it is very solid and heavy, but I can stand on one seat and the table not tip over. I weigh around 275. This is important as I didn’t want kids on one side to suddenly get up and the kids on the other side get hurt.

It is coated in the redwood outdoor decking and fencing stain and the same I used for the other picnic table. The seats and table top have three coats of latex outdoor polyurethane. BTW, that stuff dries fast. I was able to get three coats on in a day. The stain takes 72 hours to dry. Message me if you want measurements.

The other picnic table is here:
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#1 posted 09-11-2011 01:12 AM

Thats a great children’s table. What are the dimensions because I might borrow this design.

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#2 posted 09-12-2011 05:45 PM

I’ll have to go get those. Stay tuned.

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