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Square Picnic Table Plan

Item #
49741
Rating:
88% of 100
Square Picnic Table Plan Square Picnic Table Plan
Square Picnic Table Plan

Choose the right materials, and this table will serve you well for many summers to come. The notched frame pieces lock together like Lincoln Logs, making the table solid as a rock. Cutting the notches requires only a circular saw. Includes plenty of tips and tricks from the pros to make your project a success. Materials not included.

(1) Picnic Table Plan
(1) Set of Complete Step-by-Step Instructions
(1) Full-Color Exploded Drawings and Photographs
(1) Complete Materials List and Cut List
More Information
Manufacturer Part Number MD-00723
Weight 0.1500
Tech Spec
  • Completed Table Top Dimensions: 59-5/8"L x 59-5/8"W
  • Overall Footprint of Finished Table and Benches: 90" x 90"
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Excellent plans - easy to follow.
I purchased these plans to make a picnic table for my work. It came out great. I like the fact 8 people can sit around this table and no one is left out of the conversation as in a traditional picnic table.

The instructions are clear. The drawings are readable, well labeled, and informative. I followed the instructions step by step and had no issues or surprises. I appreciate the tips about preparing the lumber and random "shop tips" which describe how to make a circular saw guide and how to cut notches. I learned some new techniques on this build that I will be able to use on future projects.

This is a very heavy table and I doubt it could be moved easily when fully assembled. I moved the table from my house to my work in a friend's open trailer. I separated the top section by removing the 4 carriage bolts on the bottom. We then lifted the top and supports off making two manageable sections.

I used masking tape to mark where the supports were to line up. This helps in reassembly. Make sure when you replace the top you keep the same orientation. Mark it somehow or your carriage bolt holes will not line up. I had to touch up the stain after this operation, but that was no big deal.

One last tip that has to do with moving the table. Assuming you separated it into two pieces as described above. The frame looks like a big plus sign. Make sure the two people lifting the frame pick up on the long board that goes all the way across. I did not do this initially and one of the short pieces began to pull away. There is no way to retighten those screws because they are covered up.

Bottom line. Great plans. I loved the process and the final result.
Untreated pine stained with semi-transparent cedar.
Untreated pine stained with semi-transparent cedar.
July 16, 2018
Purchased
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Good plans and easy to follow. Not a simple table to build but we'll worth the effort
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Added Feb 16, 2016
February 16, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Rock solid
I made this table out of treated dimensional pine. I did have to rip all of the boards to width except the table top where I used 5/4 deck boards. The finished table weighs a lot! ~300lb+ fairly easy to follow plans. I also made a hole for an umbrella thatis really nice.
September 11, 2015
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Good plans
Haven't build the picnic table yet, but plans seem to cover all information needed.
May 23, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Disorganized plans and Materials List
I do a lot of woodworking, but typically do the design myself. When I do buy plans, I expect it to basically eliminate the design time. These plans come with a "Materials List", but unfortunately, it's not a simple list that says how many of each item to buy. You still have to do some math yourself to figure it out and write out your own shopping list. Some of the other disadvantages of these plans is that the organization is poor. There are a few pictures that attempt to help with the steps, but it's difficult to align the picture with the text. Overall, it's a picnic table, and not that difficult to build. I just think the plans should have been a little more polished.
August 14, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Really wanted a 8 sided table plan, walk thur style, but this is all you had. hope to modify plans. Also , not sure why reg. shipping was so long ???
Don S on Jul 31, 2018
this one is more stable and suits our needs
LEE S on Nov 18, 2017
Really wanted a 8 sided table plan, walk thur style, but this is all you had. hope to modify plans. Also , not sure why reg. shipping was so long ???
Don S on Jul 31, 2018
I like the stile...been looking for a picnic table to build for along time...this is the one.
Robert A on Jan 5, 2018
this one is more stable and suits our needs
LEE S on Nov 18, 2017
This is one of the items that my son is making for his Eagle project for Boy Scouts.
Linda D on Sep 5, 2017
looks sturdy and different
Gary G on Aug 3, 2017
Favourite feature is not having to lift legs to get seated at the table.
Dan A on Jun 1, 2017
Like the design
Douglas D. H on Apr 28, 2017
perfect accent for my new patio
WILLIAM S on Jan 28, 2017
My Dad wants to build them.
JESSE P on Oct 7, 2016
Want to build for daughter.
Richard Q on Apr 3, 2016
Beautiful design--love the lines in this piece.
Troy C on Apr 1, 2016
looks great and seats 8
Maggie O on Apr 1, 2016
table looks great i used rockler plans before and have had great results tks
billy w on Mar 30, 2016
Maybe I will build
Jerry S on Sep 27, 2015
I needed a plan for a table that would seat eight. I like the idea of a square with seats you can get in and out of easily
Beverly F on Jul 28, 2015
would like to build item
Elizabeth G on Jul 14, 2015
Like the size, look and construction. Plus tired of climbing over the bench to sit .
GLORIA B on Jul 11, 2015
because I like the looks and want to make one for my self
Lou S on Jun 30, 2015
I have some ideas for putting a deck on a hillside, The table will go there.
William B on Jun 11, 2015
that a good looking table.My parents cant get into the old style table,this table is going to be fun to build
kevin b on May 31, 2015
I like the stile...been looking for a picnic table to build for along time...this is the one.
Robert A on Jan 5, 2018
This is one of the items that my son is making for his Eagle project for Boy Scouts.
Linda D on Sep 5, 2017
Can you tell me the approx. weight finished? We would have to move several to mow under them.
boyscout on Aug 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Using the finished dimensions of the pieces, this table contains about 224 board feet of wood. Douglas fir is about 35 pounds per cubic foot. Multiply, divide, and add in hardware, I think a good estimate is about 660 pounds per table, finished weight. So I don't think you would want to move them very often (at least not by yourself :-)
How many people will this table seat?
A shopper on May 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It will seat eight. The best thing about this table design is no climbing over the bench to sit down, I'm 65 and I find it irritating to have to struggle to sit at old style picnic tables.
How long is each bench?
K S on May 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The length of the benches is 47-1/2"
Does this design meet any certified safety standards? Looking to find plans for a Boy Scout project, and I am hoping this one will suffice.
JMize1618 on Apr 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: First of all, you will need to an internet search to find out if there ARE any safety standards for picnic tables. We have a picnic table built as an Eagle Scout project. It is similar to many picnic table styles. So I don't know if there are any safety standards to meet. I have not built this table yet, but I do build bunk beds out of similar lumber that meet safety standards. This design looks plenty sturdy.
Once I purchase the plans, can I download them?
jerry m on Feb 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: These particular plans are not downloadable from Rockler. You will be mailed printed plans (which are excellent by the way). Some of the plans Rockler sells are downloadable, but not these.
Would I be able to tip this table up on it's side to mow under it or is it much to heavy?
Rodger F on Jan 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The table is too heavy and it would probably damage the seats if you tried to tip it. Better whip out the seedeater.
Can you use an umbrella with this table?
A shopper on Jun 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Due to its contruction, I would not recommend using an umbrella with this table
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