DIY Picnic Table

5 Materials
6 Hours

I wanted to created a nice space where we could hang out in the back yard. My goal was to scrap wood and other things I had on hand to make this come to life.

Step 1

Gather Supplies:

  1. Lumber:
  • 1x6 for Table Top
  • 1x3 for Table Sides
  • 4X4 for legs
  1. Galvanized Washers
  2. Galvanized lug bolts
  3. Deck Screws
  4. Staining Pads
  5. Waterproof Stain and Sealer in your color choice
  6. 1.5 inch brad nails
  7. Sandpaper 120 and 320 grit


  1. Mitre Saw
  2. Impact Driver
  3. Sander
  4. Brad Nailer
  5. Tape measure
Step 2

Next step is to cut lumber to desired length etc. See picture below for my detailed measurements.

Step 3

Sand with 120 grit

Step 4

Next is to stain. Apply 2 coats. I used a waterproof stain and sealer to guard from outside elements. Stain color is Castle Gray.

*Important to apply stain prior to assembly to get all the hidden parts

Here is what it looked like after. I wanted darker but since this is a budget DIY, kept as is.

Step 5

Once stain was dry, I brought it in and laid it out to see how it would look. You will notice the darker stain on the back. This was excess wood from a faux beam project that I did a while back.

Step 6

Next step is to assemble. I used my brad nailer to attach the boards that lay across the table top in a diagonal manner.

Once done, I attached the sides with the deck screws to secure the table top.

Step 7

Next was to attach legs, using the lag bolts and washer. 2 lag bolts to each leg.

I also drilled 2 deck screws through the table top on each leg to add more securely to the top.

Step 8

Final step was to sand with 320 grit and apply a 3 coat of stain. Let dry and then style

Reveal. This was a fun project to work on.

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