Some building plans for picnic tables include a classic 6-foot picnic table with attached seating, a picnic table for kids, a picnic table with detached bench seats and a table with an octagon shape. These picnic table plans are free and include images and instructions.
Plans for the traditional 6-foot long picnic table call for using pine wood for most of the table and treated lumber for the legs. Alternatively, cedar wood is a good choice for outdoor tables, because cedar is less likely to decay and warp than softer woods.
The plans for the kid-sized picnic table show that this table is a smaller version of the traditional design, and it provides seating for up to four children. This money saving design requires purchasing two 2-foot-by-6-foot and six 2-foot-by-4-foot boards that are both 8 feet long. The shopping list includes paint of any color and a paint brush.
When choosing a paint color for the kid picnic table, consider bright primary colors such as yellow, orange, green or red. The weekend do-it-yourself picnic table plans feature a long list of materials and require purchasing numerous boards of various sizes. These plans are for a three-piece set that includes a table and two separate benches. Octagonal picnic table plans create a unique outdoor table that seats up to eight people.