# Quick Answer: How To Build Octagon Picnic Tables?

## How much does it cost to build a picnic table?

Enough about the tools, lets go get some materials! At the time of this build (March 2013) the materials cost is just under \$100 at my local Lowes. That is the cost of building it out of untreated wood and sealing it yourself.

## What angle do you cut the legs for a picnic table?

Draw a 60-degree angle at each end of the legs using a pencil and combination square, then cut with a circular saw. Mark a point 1 1/2” from the outside edge of the bottom of each leg with a combination square, then mark a point 1 1/2” from the outside edge of the bottom of each leg. Cut the corner.

## Should I use treated lumber for picnic table?

Pressure treated wood has become a common material in the construction industry recently but is pressure treated wood safe for picnic tables? YES, it is safe. The most commonly used chemicals in the pressure treatment of wood today contain non-toxic substances making it safe for use on picnic tables.

## What kind of wood should I use for a picnic table?

Softwood species like Cedar, Redwood and Douglas fir are all good options that are both weather-resistant and available at most lumber yards. These are the best woods for picnic tables because they are lightweight and extremely tough.

## How long should picnic table legs be?

The legs are made out of a 2×6 cut to 31 ½ inches long. You’ll need four of these cut out. On the ends of your boards, you will need to cut them all to a 32° angle.

## How do you measure the angle of a table leg?

To calculate the angle of the lower left corner of the white triangle, divide the height by the displacement. Use the resulting number to determine the arctangent, either by google or a calculator. For example, if the height is 300 and the displacement is 400, the math results in 300/400 or 0.75.

## How do you make a picnic table with a detached bench?

Picnic Table With Detached Benches

1. Step 1: Table Dimensions and Design. This particular table is very sturdy and probably a bit overbuilt.
2. Step 3: Lay It All Out.
3. Step 4: Create the Legs.
4. Step 5: Create the Leg Cradle.
5. Step 6: Attach Legs to Benches.
6. Step 7: Lay Out the Table Top.
7. Step 9: Wrapping It Up.

## How do you make a kid picnic table?

Assembly Instructions

1. Start by cutting the legs (A). Cut four 2×4 boards to 1′ 11″.
2. Cut two 2×6 boards to 4′ for the seat (D). Assemble the seat as show in the drawing above.
3. Cut five 2×6 boards to 4′ for the table top (E). Assemble as shown in drawing above.
4. Cut two 2×4 boards for the center brace (F) to 1′ 8″.

## What size is a picnic table?

Rectangular picnic tables are commonly dimensioned at 72” (183 cm) in length, 58.75” (149 cm) in width, an overall table height of 30.5” (78 cm), and a bench height at 17” (43 cm). Picnic tables are outdoor tables with included benches.