Collapsible Picnic Table

This table design is in using by many Scout groups across North America. Each table can be cut from a single sheet of 3/4" plywood, making it quite economical.

Hot off the Press! - March 2007 Leader magazine article.

When we constructed ours, we used 3/4" sign board (Duraply), the material used for highway signs. This should be completely waterproof. It also has a layer of resin impregnated paper coating each side for a smooth surface. We finished with three coats of oil paint; one primer and two top coats.

For our build process, we constructed templates from 1/4" hardboard. The components roughly cut with a jigsaw, and then routed to the finished size with a 1/4" carbide template bit. This meant that all pieces are the exact same size, so they are all interchangeable. All edges were routed with a roundover bit.

They are the perfect size for Beavers and Cubs, but are a little small for Scouts. Taller gables would make them work better for Scouts. The rest of the components would remain the same.


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Finished ProductFinished ProductSeat & Top Support Template
Gable TemplateSeat Support & Top TemplateRough Cut Gable & Top Support
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