Build a Cedar Picnic Table

Towards the end of the summer, I got an idea to build a cedar picnic table in my head and could not get it out! It was one of those “we have to build this right now or I just might die” kind of projects. I ran my idea by Spencer and he was totally on board so we loaded up the kids and headed to Home Depot for supplies. It took us a couple hours during a couple afternoons to complete the project and we had a great time building it and staining it together. The end result is amazing and I am totally in love with our new cedar picnic table.

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Don’t you just love it?! A few of our family and friends have seen the table and each person has said something about how much they love it and how they wish we would build them one! haha! If they know anything about Spencer then they know that we built it – but most people are still amazed!

We are about $150 into this table. It is a little more pricey because we went with Cedar because it holds up to the elements and bugs much better than regular ole’ 2×4’s. But still…. $150 is pennies compared to most quality cedar tables. (Seriously… goggle it… then head to Home Depot for supplies for this one!) I wanted a darker table with a darker stain, but even if you didn’t stain it, the table would be just as pretty because of all the color variations in the Cedar… Cedar is lovely and it smells good too!

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Obviously, you can’t have a picnic table without seating. We choose to do benches for three reasons: they are easy to build, they are easy to store and you can fit lots of little kids on them!  We made our benches slightly smaller than the table so we can store them underneath when not in use. That was Spencer’s idea. I think he is brilliant!

Over the next few days, we are going to walk you through the instructions/tutorials to build your own Cedar Picnic Table for your own backyard! I will also give you a cut list so you will know exactly what you need to purchase to build one. Feel free to purchase whatever kind of wood you would like, but I would highly recommend Cedar.

Part One: Table Top
Part Two: Table Legs
Part Three: Benches
Part Four: Sand and Stain

See you next time!

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  1. This is great! I can’t wait to see the tutorial. This is definitely going on my “to do” list. Thanks for sharing. I found you on Remodelaholic.

  2. This is beautiful!!
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  3. Hi Spencer and Amanda,

    I am new to the blog world, so excuse me if this is a dumb question, but did you post the steps on how to build a cedar picnic table? We love the pictures of your table and want to assess whether or not my husband and I can build one of our own!


    • Hi Angie –

      We built this cedar picnic table as part of a series and you can find how to build and finish each part of the table in separate posts on our blog. I had forgotten to update the post with each link so I went ahead and added them to this post so you can find each one. Take each post one step at a time and your husband will totally be able to build your own!!

      Good Luck!

  4. I can so see this table in my home as well as a dining room table. And would put a nice scent in the house at the same time. Just love the smell of Cedar.

  5. Hi! Love this! Can’t wait to put it on the honey-do list! Was wondering though… What are the finished dimensions of the table, and how many adults can it sit?

  6. Thanks so much for the design. I applied premixed sealer and stain in the cold and it went on blotchy, so off it came (never sanded so much in my life!). Frustrated, I grabbed every can of stain I had from older projects and went all out with Epifanes varnish. This is what I ended up with:

    Thanks again!


  7. This Picnic table is looking so beautiful and you have done nice work

  8. Love this picnic table. Nice work.

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