A picnic table for the kids made entirely from repurposed lumber and that means it was nearly free! Create the perfect spot for kids to dine alfresco, make messy art projects, sell lemonade and more with this kids size picnic table.
A DIY tutorial to build a kids size picnic table using an old pallet. Upcycling that pallet wood and make a cute outdoor table for kids.
I’ve been meaning to make a kids size picnic table ever since last summer when we spent so much time in the backyard. With three small kids and only an adult size patio table with enormous adult size chairs it was really difficult for my kids to have a place to sit (to eat, to draw, to play card games, etc).
Finally I got to it with plans from Ana White for the Big Kid Picnic Table. I did a few modifications in order to use the pallet and lumber that I had on hand.
Be careful when using old pallets as you don’t know where they’ve been or what chemicals have been applied. Also using a pallet will result in a thinner top (3/4″ thick) as opposed to the traditional 1 1/2″ thick boards.
I started with a pallet for the top and then added some filler pieces to make a complete top. You can see there are definitely some inconsistencies in the board widths which make a few gaps but I’m okay with the rustic feel.
Table Construction Process:
- use a pallet if you can find one in decent condition
- repurpose old lumber
- use exterior pressure treated lumber
- sand extremely well
- let weather naturally or apply clear exterior grade poly
Once you have the pallet top cut to size then add the legs and seat supports. I found an old 2×4 in the garage from the previous owners so I used it:
Next fill in any gaps in the table top with remaining pallet pieces. It won’t be perfect but it will be functional. And lastly add the seats.
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