Build Your Own Cedar Picnic Table: Part Three: Benches

Today is our last building day! We have already built the table, in case you missed one of those tutorials you can find them here and here. Today we are going to bust out some simple benches so we can sand, stain and enjoy.

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First we need to cut our pieces. I did a whole shopping list and cut list here but the following is a simple reminder:


  • (4) 2×4 @ 58 1/2” (mitered at 45)
  • (4) 2×4 @ 14” (mitered at 45)
  • (4) 2×6 @ 55 1/2”
  • (4) 2×6 @ 11”
  • (8) 4×4 @ 15”
  • (2) 2×4 @ 11”

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First, screw your 11” 2×6 into your posts/legs. Make sure your 4×4’s are both on the same side and are even and flush with the 2×6.

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Use your 4” screws and make a triangle shape, you don’t want your bench legs to twist.

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Do this on both side.

Next, flip the legs over and screw them into the bench tops. Use your 4” screws again and make sure everything is flush and even.

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If you are lucky you may even have a cute side-kick to help hand you screws… complete with Spider-man jammies and bedhead!

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While the bench is flipped over – screw an extra 2×4 (11”) into the middle. This adds a little bit more stability and strength.

To finish off your bench you will need the bench skirting.

Instead of reinventing the wheel you can read skirting instructions here. You do the same things you did to skirt the table. Miter the ends at 45 degrees and screw them on.

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Repeat these steps to ensure you have both benches!

I am not sure why… but I don’t have a finished picture of the benches before the stain, sorry! But you can see from the finished product what they look like and if you followed all the directions, yours will look just fine!

All we have left is sanding, staining and the clear finish!

In case you missed a tutorial for this series you can go here:
Build Your Own Cedar Picnic Table
Part One: Table Top
Part Two: Table Legs

See you tomorrow!

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  2. Heys you absolutely hit it out of the park on the specs and info on this cedar table. I can’t wait to get started. I had one ? For u…do u recommend using pressure treated cedar or just a cedar board? I know I’m sealing it but just wondered if its worth the extra money for the protection… U guys rock and keeps adding the cute kids. I like seeing that. Reminds me of my life at this moment. Priceless thanks for your resp

  3. Thanks! I love your post. Picnic benches are really awesome outdoors. I can’t wait to get started! 🙂

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