Plans for a picnic table that can be easily dismantled and reassembled
A super design – A dismantlable wooden picnic table. Downloadable plans with 15 pages of plan drawings, step-by step instructions and construction pictures. The measurements are in both standard and metric.
This picnic table can be dismantled and re-assembled in 5 minutes (simply eight bolts to take out and put back). It can even be put down into a flat pack of sorts, put into a small car (hanging out the back), moved and reassembled.
I designed this one so I could get it through a narrow garden gate to a back patio. I’m sure a lot of people have a big picnic table and are limited to where they can put it or take it because of its bulk. Not this one. It’s simply a matter of easily undoing 8 bolts and down she comes. It is in five easily managed sections.
The magic is in the design – incorporating appropriate screws where needed and double horizontal rails at each end. It is very solid without the need for any braces. The side frames, seats, and table, are all made independently of each other and designed to be easily bolted (or unbolted) together. Pull it apart and put it back together again in no time at all.
I made the rails out of 2×4 (50 x 100mm) rough sawn wood, because it’s cheaper and a bit more meatier than its dressed (planed, dimensioned) counterpart.
I used dressed 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ (38mm x 140mm) stock for everything else.
The size of the thing
Overall it’s 67″ (1700mm) wide by 79″ (2000mm) long and stands 30″ (760mm) high. The tabletop area is 33″ (840mm) wide by 79″ (2000mm) long.
So you see, if it wasn’t able to be dismantled easily, it would be a big table to lug around and impossible to get into some places.
2×4 (50 x 100mm) rough sawn wood:
2 @ 66-1/2″ (1690mm) for the lower rails
4 @ 33″ (840mm) for the top rails and tabletop supports
4 @ 12″ (300mm) for the seat supports
In all 30ft (9m) of 2×4 (50 x 100mm) rough sawn wood allowing for a bit of waste.
1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ (38mm x 140mm) wood
4 @ 38″ (960mm) for the legs
10 @ 79″ (2000mm) for the tabletop and seat boards
1 @ 33″ (840mm) for the table middle support
2 @ 11″ (280mm) for the seat middle supports
In all 90ft (27m) of 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ (38mm x 140mm) wood allowing for a bit of waste.
You will also need:
40 only 5″ (125mm) galvanized bugle head batten screws (they are the ones that make it work)
24 only 3″ (75mm) exterior wood screws
1/2″ (12mm) galvanized coach/carriage bolts with nuts and washers
4 @ 4″ (100mm)
4 @ 5″ (125mm)
4 @ 6″ (150mm)