Octagonal Picnic Table

Octagonal Picnic Table

This table is HUGE!  I wanted a table that could seat more than a traditional, rectangular design.  Although it looks intimidating, there are relatively few steps involved in its construction.  A few of the steps will require two people and you will definitely need a few buddies to help carry it to its final position in the yard.  It also really helps to have a flat surface on which the table can be assembled.  The height of the seats and table surface are the standard 18″ and 30″ respectively, but the width of the table is over 9 feet.


Tool List

  • Compound Miter Saw
  • Drill / Impact Driver
  • Tape Measure
  • Carpenter’s Square
  • Pencil
  • Socket Set (for bolts)
  • Hearing Protection
  • Jig Saw
  • Sander & Sandpaper
  • Level
  • Hammer
  • Driver Bit
  • Paintbrush (optional)
  • Eye Protection

Materials List

  • 2x4s Pressure Treated
  • 3 1/2″ Deck Screws
  • 3/4″ Pressure Treated Plywood
  • 2x6s Pressure Treated
  • 4″ Deck Screws
  • Deck Stain or Outdoor Paint (Optional)

Creating the Components

You will need to cut three (3) tie-plates for this project.  To make the design, just draw 2 lines, ninety degrees apart, then rotate 45° and repeat.  Place a scrap piece of 2×4 over the center of the lines and trace around it to achieve the proper thickness.

Assembling the Table

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