The ULTIMATE Picnic Table (Cup Holders Included)

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in today's video we're gonna be showing you how to build the ultimate picnic table not only is it weatherproof but it also has a built-in cooler cupholders and condiment trays here's the supplies we're going to need to get started on this picnic table we've got five boards of composite deck material this is sort of like MDF if it were made out of plastic its texture to look like wood is extremely durable and it's pretty much completely weatherproof each of the boards I have is eight feet long and they are the same width as a two by six board after it's been planed down I've got five two by fours that are eight feet long and I have two one by fours that are eight feet long we have some regular two and a half inch screws some one-and-a-half inch screws and some two and a half inch deck screws which are specifically designed to work with this composite material I also have a scrap piece of board that's one quarter of an inch thick and that will be used for spacing out our other boards to help with the structural integrity of this build we've also got some three and a half inch bolts and the washers and nuts that fit onto those here's the basic idea the general design is a straight forward picnic table but we're making some improvements the tabletop and benches will be made from weatherproof decking boards added supports under the table will hold a plastic tub that acts as a drink cooler and we'll add closeable cup holders and two small removable baskets to hold condiments let's start by cutting all of the major pieces that we're going to need for this bench first up is our composite board and we need nine pieces that are four feet long these boards are almost exactly eight feet long but they have enough extra that will probably do a little bit of trimming there are several pieces that we need to cut out of our two-by-fours the first is the legs and for that we need four pieces that are 29 inches long for the support pieces that run parallel to the ground and hold up the benches we'll need to cut two pieces that are 51 and a half inches long we need two pieces that are 28 inches long and those will hold together the top surface of our table finally we need one piece that will run crosswise and that will act as a lateral support that needs to be 37 inches long with all of our pieces cut we now need to start getting ready to assemble the first pieces we're going to need are five of the composite boards and our two 28 inch two by fours these two 28 inch pieces will work as supports for the five slats that are the very top of the table to avoid cutting and scraping knees while sitting down at the table we want to modify the two side supports by cutting some 45-degree angles into the ends of them after adding the cuts our two supports will end up almost trapezoid shaped although I'm not going to try and make the cut come all the way to the exact corner to add a little bit of strength to it we're gonna have our cut and right about here leaving maybe a third quarter of an inch about a centimeter at the bottom so we'll have a cut something like that we're going to be attaching the five composite planks into these two by fours using screws going down from the top so we now need to line them up just in the right spot on top of these beams and spaced out just the right amount we want this support to be four inches in from the end of our board our scrap of quarter-inch board is going to be cut up and we're gonna use that as spacers to make sure that the slats are evenly spread out across our table we'll start by securing one board on this end and then making sure everything is pressed together spaced out just right secure the other board on the other end and then secure two of them in the middle for the moment we'll leave the very center board unsecured with the four corners attached whenever moved to the second boards in for the moment we're not going to attach our center board because we still need to alter it a little bit as we build the cooler that goes into this table although we don't want to screw the center board down yet we do want to pre-drill the screw holes the reason we didn't screw down the centreboard is because we're going to be putting a cooler into this picnic table we need to cut a slot into this top center board that will allow us to access the cooler down below what we're using for our cooler is this plastic planters trough that I got at Home Depot for about eight bucks this planter box is twenty five and three quarters of an inch long and approximately five and three quarters of an inch wide this size of planter box works very well because its width is almost identical to the space between two of these boards if one is removed we now want to cut a length of board out of the center of this one that matches the length of our planter some quick math shows that we should come in eleven and one eighth of an inch from either side with our Center board cut we can now replace the spacers and use a couple of screws to hold the end pieces where they belong these end pieces are pretty sturdy just as they are but they are going to get a little bit of additional reinforcement from below we need to add some supports on the bottom that will hold the center top board in place as well as holding our trough right where we want it for our drinks we'll set up two pieces of our one by four board one on each end that's what's going to support our center board when it's covering the cooler we'll take a piece that's just the right length and make it overlap the gap by about half of an inch let's cut two pieces of our one by four board that are 12 and seven eighths of an inch long we're using that length because we should be able to fit two additional pieces of our board right on the edges and have it all line up with the hole at this point we don't want to use our deck screws because if we did they would just stab out the top of our table it's a terrible table tables shouldn't stab you these one and a half inch screws should be the perfect length our cooler will be able to slide into place so the two sides will have supports as well as the back to do that we need three pieces that are 24 and a quarter inches long and four pieces that are five and a half inches long while it may not be totally necessary just to give ourselves some cleaner edges let's trim off the excess from these one by fours we're using two and a half inch screws which should be long enough to reach all the way through these three boards and just barely into the composite board below to be sure this bottom piece is well secured to the surface of our table we'll use a few of the short screws on here before we attach the other two pieces [Applause] our cooler trough can now easily slide in and out of place and is held on quite stable on three sides the top of our table is constructed we have a removable center panel that allows us access down into the cooler which slides in and out of place for easy draining and washing so now it's time to turn this tabletop into a full table the next step is to add some legs four of them in fact I find that's a good number for picnic tables so it's time to grab the four 29 inch pieces of 2×4 these four legs will go on at an angle attached to the cross pieces that run the width of our table right now though they don't sit very flush up against anything so we want to cut all the ends at 30 degrees when we cut these cross pieces we made them both pointing up in the same direction giving us a sort of trapezoid shape with legs we'll switch it up and all the angles will go the same direction giving us more of a parallelogram this time we are going to aim for the very corner rather than going up about a centimeter these legs will be installed so that the outside corner of one angle lines up with the end of the flat portion of the board to attach each leg will use one screw to start and then two carriage bolts to really hold it in place the screw is really just so we have an easy way of holding the leg right where we want it as we drill the holes for the bolts to keep the leg in place as we pre-drill and screw in our screw it can help to grab one of the pieces that we just caught off the end our picnic table now has legs which I think most people would agree is an important part of a picnic table one quick note if you build a picnic table that's going to be outside somewhere it's going to get wet or especially if it's going to sit on grass or dirt you'll want to make the legs out of treated lumber not the regular two by fours that you see me using here treated lumber has chemicals embedded inside it that help prevent rot and bugs and fungus which is going to be important if the legs are gonna be sitting on wet ground we now need to add some supports that are going to hold the seats up those will run along the legs and stick out the sides that's the 251 and a half inch pieces we cut from our two by fours we'll want to measure so that's nine inches from the bottom of the feet to the bottom of this board and of course we need to make sure that's level all the way across this is what the benches are gonna be attached to so if they're at a weird angle someone's gonna be falling off the back of the table and someone's gonna be falling into the table that's no good it's not starting at zero which is why it's not ending it 9 it's going from 1 to 10 similarly to the cross pieces that are holding up the top of the table we want to take off the corners making this into a sort of trapezoid shape once again this isn't structurally necessary it just makes it less likely for your like a fanny or leg wires getting onto the bench we do need to make sure that this cross piece is evenly centered we don't want to have three planks on one side and one on the other we're going to line this up the best we can we'll clamp that in place pre-drill and add one screw and then we'll use a level to make sure this support is balanced just the way we need it just like in the cross pieces at the top we'll use two bolts to connect the leg to the support beam with those cross beams attached we have one remaining piece of our 2×4 and that's the 37 inch piece and what we're going to do with that is span the gap between the two supports we just installed and add some screws to make it so our bench doesn't shake back and forth very much [Applause] okay guys time to learn from my mistakes I said before that we needed to have nine inches from the feet of the table up to this bar and then I proceeded to attach this beam on the wrong side of the nine inch mark meaning that this whole setup was one two by fours width too low too close to the ground leaving it like that would cause a lot of problems so I had to undo the screws and bolts and lower back down into place with that sorted out let's flip our table over and add the benches that is an assembled picnic table it's got a top it's got benches and it's honestly really sturdy now this picnic table is a mid-sized picnic table which means if you are over six feet like I am it may be a little short you know my knees don't fit underneath it super well this isn't really meant for full-sized adults which I like to pretend that I am sometimes but we do have a few more little things that we need to add onto it still so let's take it off of the workbench put it down at ground level and see what we can do now we know that we have a cooler in the middle of our table but at the moment it's a little tricky to get to there we go let's drill a hole big enough that we can reach through the board and lift this out with that hole drilled in the center it's a lot easier to access the cooler and put the lid back on right where you want it I want another small addition that will work as a sort of condiment or accessories holder I want these little trays to be able to stay right at the edge of the table so we can put you know ketchup mustard or whatever we want in them they should also be removable so that when we're not using them we can just take them off drop them down into the cooler for storage our goal if the trays is going to be to drive two screws into the sides of the board so that just the head is sticking out we then want to be able to put the trays on and drop them down which means we need to make a small hole and a small slot that will fit over the neck of a screw these plastic containers are actually sold as desk organizing containers I grabbed them at Walmart for about 4 bucks each this screw bit is just barely larger than the head of this screw so if we put a hole into the basket of this it should fit over nicely excellent to make the slot that will drop down onto the neck of the screw let's hit this screw with a blowtorch and then just melt our slot right into the plastic that way we'll know it will fit just right now we can mark on the table where we want the screw to be attached our condiment containers are working well they're easy to put on and to take off and they store nicely inside our cooler but there's still one more little element that I want to add on to that and that is cup holders I have these two and a half inch grommets that are designed for cable management through a desk but I also know that they could make some pretty slick cup holders if we just drill into the table and apply these things if you aren't interested in using the composite decking material that I built these surfaces out of you can do the whole thing out of wood a 2 by 6 board will be the same width and just a little bit thicker than these boards this same design should scale up nicely if you'd prefer the 6 foot long full-size picking table rather than the mid-size table at this one is this is a good sturdy picnic table design and because the benches and the tabletop are completely weatherproof it should last for quite a while guys there's still more for you to see that little box up at the top will transport you directly to our last video the box at the 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29 Comments

Wesley Antinetti · May 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

Swiss Army Table

Travis Hirst · May 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

If it rains or just chatting you should of made a lid with a handle and it ahould open with the things that make doors move (I errrrrrrr forgot the name of it)

IOS Hacker · May 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

How’s watching this in 2019

dailyKID skater · May 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

This looks easier than ikeas instructions

Jermain 20000 · May 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

you mean a party table cuz if this was a finished product i think it will be used mostly in parties

Fortnite Vids · May 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

Only one person percent will actually do this

Humblehombre · May 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

Always with the gloves. Doesn't want to ruin his nails I guess. Men are tough to find lately.

André Andersen · May 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

way not build et all from plastik

Hayden Wood · May 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

Sits on picnic table on table

Irrelevant, Dumb, Accident-Prone Person · May 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

13:25
1000 degree screw

Banana Lord · May 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

You know, I wonder how much liquid nitrogen a sponge can absorb.

Mom gives me a bad haircut · May 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

Watching in high school

Ruff n Tuff · May 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

Condom tray
?

Kaiden Starrs · May 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

why would you need a cup holder if you already are sitting on a picnic table

Ikmal II · May 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

sir , can i get the plan about the table , i want to build it , hihi 😁

Allan Abhilash · May 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

try melting soldering flux and cast it in proto putty

Brady Rieman · May 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

Can you cast in snow or ice

Layla Combs · May 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

You should make a picnic table that has a grill in the center

Eleanor King · May 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

it should be the kings of random

Bob Steve · May 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

Why do you always wear gloves

Austin games with friends · May 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

I used to help make 12 foot picnic tables