How To Build Kid Size Picnic Table Out of Old Recycled Pallets


Cost of Supplies: $30 (if you buy all your wood new)
Build Time: 3 hours


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Whew, I’ve been building up a storm lately!…and I’ve also been building in BETWEEN storms this week, thanks you our Arizona monsoon weather!

I needed a place for my daycare kids to sit and eat at lunchtime so I just had to build this cute little picnic table! ¬†I actually thought that this table would take longer to make than it did but after a few hours I had all the pieces cut to size and put together. ¬†Since I am on a tight budget, I once again searched my ol’ pile of wood outside and found most everything I needed. ¬†The 2x4s that make up the bench seats were the only thing I had to purchase at the store which brings my bill to a total of….are you ready??? ….$6.00!!!¬† Yay!


  • six 1x4s¬†‘pallets’ at 48in (tabletop) or you can also use¬†four 2x6s at 48in
  • one 1×4 at 23 1/2in¬†(tabletop support-needed only if you use 1x4s instead of 2x4s for tabletop)
  • two 2x4s at 23 1/2in¬†(tabletop supports)
  • Four 2x4s at¬†26in (legs)
  • Two 2x4s at 40 1/2in (seat supports)
  • one 2×4 at 37in (bottom support)
  • Four 2x4s at¬†48in (seat boards)
  • 2 1/2 wood¬†screws


  • Hand drill with¬†drill bits
  • Sander
  • Chop Saw
  • Tape measure
  • Level

Starting with the tabletop, lay out the 1x4s


Cut 45 degree ‘squared angles’ on each end of the tabletop supports


Place the tabletop supports onto the 1x4s.  Make sure to leave a 1/2in gap in-between each tabletop board.  Screw tabletop supports to tabletop by countersinking the 2 1/2in screws through bottom of tabletop supports.

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For the legs cut each end 30 degrees ‘off square’

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Spacing the legs evenly, I lined them up on the outer edge of the table top supports and screwed them in

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Seat supports: Cut 45 degree squared angles on both ends of each board


Center and measure 9in from bottom of legs, and screw in supports

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Screw bottom support into center of seat supports

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Last but not least, screw in the seat boards!  Leave a 1/2in gap in-between the two boards

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Since I used 1x4s instead of 2x4s for the table top, it was a little flimsy so I screwed a table top brace into the bottom of the table top.  This makes it very strong

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