How to Build a Round Picnic Table

Written by joe white
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A round picnic table, which can be a pleasant alternative from the standard quadrangle, presents unique challenges in construction. But you can use an X-leg construction, just like on other picnic tables, to provide a sturdy base and durable frame.

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Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Five 2 x 12 boards, five feet long
  • Seven 2 x 4s, 40 inches long
  • One 2 x 4, 54 inches long
  • 34 4-inch screws
  • Two 6-inch bolts
  • Drill
  • Jigsaw
  • Wood glue
  • String

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  1. 1

    Arrange the five 2 x 12s next to each other to form a square 60 by 60 inches, and glue them together in position. To secure them, lay the 54-inch 2 x 4 across the centre of the boards, and secure it firmly with screws. It should reach to within three inches at each edge.

  2. 2

    Find the centre of the square by drawing lines corner to corner and marking the intersection point. From this point, measure a 30-inch radius around the centre by dragging a 30-inch length of string with a pencil marking the line.

  3. 3

    Cut around the circumference line with the jigsaw to form the top of the table.

  4. 4

    Measure 20 inches outward along the planks from the centre 54-inch 2 x 4 and use screws to attach two of the 40-inch 2 x 4s across the planks, parallel with the centre 2 x 4. These will brace the tabletop and also provide a base for the legs.

  5. 5

    Measure the centre of four of the remaining five 2 x 4s, 20 inches from each end, and drill one hole through the centre of each 2 x 4. Then cut off the ends of each of these four at a 45-degree angle, so that the ends are still parallel, and can rest flush on both the table top and the ground.

  6. 6

    Line up the 2 x 4s in two X shapes, with their holes aligned, brace the final remaining 2 x 4 between them and use the 6-inch bolts to secure the leg-Xs to the 2 x 4, which will be a centre brace.

  7. 7

    Place the legs on the table, with one leg-X at each of the 40-inch 2 x 4s attached to the table top. Secure the legs to these braces with screws. When the legs are firmly attached, flip the entire table over to stand on its legs.

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