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Jul
11
2012
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Nothing says outdoor fun like an adorable children's sized table and benches! The fact that they coordinate with the other pieces in our Chesapeake Collection is just icing on the cake! The Materials are for one table and two benches and this easy DIY furniture project is sure to make your next outdoor event that much more fabulous!

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost

$50-$75

Dimensions
Dimensions for This Project
Dimensions for This Project
Tools
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Brad Nailer
Lumber
  • 1 – 2x2 at 8’
  • 1 – 2x2 at 6’
  • 14 – 1x3 at 8’
Materials
  • 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
  • 2” pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4” brad nails
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 4 – 2x2 at 21-1/4” – Table Legs
  • 6 – 1x3 at 23-1/2” – Table Side Aprons & Supports
  • 2 – 1x3 at 40” – Table Aprons
  • 2 – 1x3 at 27-1/2” – Table Top Frame
  • 2 – 1x3 at 39” – Table Top Frame
  • 3 – 1x3 at 22-1/2” – Table Top Dividers
  • 32 – 1x3 at 7-7/8” – Table Top Slats
  • 8 – 2x2 at 13-1/4” – Bench Legs
  • 4 – 1x3 at 8” – Bench Sides
  • 6 – 1x3 at 34” – Bench Aprons & Supports
  • 4 – 1x3 at 12” – Seat Frames
  • 4 – 1x3 at 33” – Seat Frames
  • 22 – 1x3 at 7” – Seat Slats
Instructions

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Starting with the table, cut the pieces for the legs and the side aprons. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the aprons. Attach to the legs using glue and 2” pocket hole screws.  The back face of the aprons should be flush with the inside face of the legs.

Step 1
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the longer aprons and drill pocket holes in each end. Attach to the legs with glue and 2” pocket hole screws.

Step 2
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the supports. Drill pocket holes in each end. Attach at the spacing shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 3
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the table top. Drill pocket holes in the pieces as shown. Assemble the frame pieces first using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Attach the dividers as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Attach the slats last at the spacing indicated using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Attach the top to the frame using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails through the top into the aprons, legs, and supports.

Step 4
Step 4
Step 5

 To build the benches:

Cut the pieces for the legs and the side aprons. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the aprons. Attach to the legs using glue and 2” pocket hole screws.  The back face of the aprons should be flush with the inside face of the legs.

Step 5
Step 6

Cut the pieces for the longer aprons and the support, and drill pocket holes in each end. Attach the aprons to the legs with glue and 2” pocket hole screws. Attach the support to the side aprons using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 6
Step 7

Cut the pieces for the seat top. Drill pocket holes in the pieces as shown. Assemble the frame pieces first using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Attach the slats last at the spacing indicated using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Attach the seat to the frame using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails through the top of the seat into the aprons, legs, and support.

Step 7
Step 7
Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

Disclaimer

**Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you provide an adequate link back to the appropriate post! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it.

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