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All About Frame Picnic Tables

Updated on May 9, 2015

Frame Picnic Table

All About Frame Picnic Tables

Working with your hands is one of life’s greatest satisfactions, in my opinion. Being outdoors in the fresh air, using tools to mold and shape materials to create something you can use – all of it is highly appealing. Building a picnic table is a great example of a project that you can take on to take advantage of the outdoors and the thrill of construction. You may not be a carpenter, though, or may not have a lot of experience working with wood. To help with this, you may want to consider using frame picnic tables to build your picnic table in your backyard.

Welcome to the Picnic


Frame Table Frames: What Are They?

Picnic tables may be constructed from a wide variety of materials, and may come in different shapes and sizes, but they all have elements in common. All of them have benches or seats. All of them have flat table surfaces. And all of them have framework that supports all of this. A frame picnic table is just what it sounds like: a frame to support the rest of the picnic table.

Usually it is missing the table and the benches, which will be added on by you later. It is literally just a framework that offers you a good start on building your own table. For those who are not highly skilled with wood working and construction, the frame is the hardest part to build. A pre-fabricated is much cheaper than a whole table, and then you just need to add the beautiful table surface and benches in the materials of your choice.

Natural Beauty

Frame Picnic Tables: Types of Materials

What is the best material for a picnic frame? This is a good question. Different materials have different properties, and therefore have different advantages or disadvantages for use as frames.

Arguably the most popular material for a frame (and for picnic tables in general) is wood. The best type of wood for a picnic table comes from hardwoods, such as oak, maple, ash, beech, and cherry. These are durable and resilient. Pine and cedar are also popular choices of wood, because they are easy to work with and are fairly inexpensive.

For a stronger, more durable frame, you can elect to use metal frames. Steel frames tend to be lighter than wooden ones yet offer a strong, stable foundation for the rest of your picnic table. They usually come pre-welded, but you can also buy a kit that has the pipes that you must weld yourself. A steel frame may not be as aesthetically pleasing as a wooden one, but it will last a long time (as long as you coat it for rust).

Metal Frame- Simple and Lovely


Frame Picnic Tables: What to Add

To make a full picnic table, you will have to add materials to your frame. After all, it is hard to eat off of a steel pipe! You should first add benches, which at their most basic are just thick planks of wood screwed or nailed into the frame. Then, you should add the table. The best frames are those that have supports running down the center to better offer a good foundation for the table, which may have to support a good bit of weight.

In short, taking advantage of frame picnic tables will save you the time and trouble to construct a frame of your own. Instead, you can concentrate on making the rest of the picnic table and assemble the entire thing faster than you would able to normally. This is why frame picnic tables are definitely worth a shot.


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    • stars439 profile image

      stars439 8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Very interesting project to consider. God Bless You

    • Harsh Sharma profile image

      Harsh Sharma 8 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks.I'm better informed now.