DIY Picnic Table Plans

Build a classic farm-style picnic table.

| September/October 2017

Gingham tablecloths, good food, laughter, and family and friends are among the things we think of when picnic season rolls around. These gatherings can be set for afternoon lunch or an evening dinner, nestled under the trees where minutes turn into hours.

Picnic tables have been around since the 1800s and can be used for all types of outdoor or indoor gatherings: birthday parties, garden harvesting, canning preparation, craft making, school work, and enjoying quiet time. This traditional table is a simple design where a group of six to eight can gather and appreciate each other’s company any time of day.

I have clear memories gathering at the beach with family and friends, sharing a picnic dinner while watching the sunset. The menu consisted of fried chicken and potato salad; several tables were gathered for eating and serving. What I remember most is that those tables were made from thin wood, and many times the boards were warped. There was always a curiosity if the table would hold our entire family or not.

Those were the days, weren’t they?!

It didn’t seem to really matter if the table would hold us or not, as long as we had a tablecloth to keep germs away and good food to occupy our time.

Fast forward several years, and the picnic table has changed quite a bit; yet hasn’t changed at all in its purpose. Designs can now be found using different materials like plastic, metal, and stone. They can be quite nice and add a wonderful attraction in any outdoor space. But isn’t it interesting how the beauty of a simple, solid wooden picnic table continues to hold the grace and beauty of a natural gathering?

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