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


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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!

Supplies

  • 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

Tools

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

Starting with the tabletop, lay out the 1x4s

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

Board

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

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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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