In this free metalworking project you can find drawings that can help you make a ‘wheelchair accessible picnic table’.

The construction is made of metal, and the tabletop and seat are made of wood. The table construction is made from bent metal pipes interconnected with bolts. The tabletop and seat are attached to the structure by means of fittings and fasteners. Based on the above construction description, you can easily conclude that this picnic table can be folded very quickly and put away some place convenient when you don't need it.

 

Wheelchair accessible metal picnic table plan
Project difficulty
Medium
Skill level
for intermediate experienced metalworker
Level of workshop equipment
Basic manual metalworking shop machines
Dimensions

1723mm (67.85'') x 749mm (29.5'') x 2413mm (95'')

 

The table design is tailored to people who are wheelchair bound, which can be seen by the extended tabletop on one side of the table. Of course, you can easily adjust the table to fit two persons in wheelchairs by extending the other side of the tabletop. Since most of the work needed involves cutting, drilling and surface protection, the picnic table according to this plan can also be built in a less equipped workshop. Your biggest problem may be bending the pipes. If you want to have a quality metal picnic table, but do not have a metal pipe bending machine, we recommend bending the pipes of the required diameter in a fully-equipped workshop.

 

Exploded view and parts list
Metal picnic table - Parts list
Assembly drawing
Metal picnic table - Assembly drawing

You can use steel pipes, but then, due to their weight and the weight of the boards forming the seat and the tabletop, this table will be quite heavy. A much better option is to use aluminum alloy pipes. This will make the table a little lighter, but in either case it will take at least two people to move it from one place to another. 

All table parts, both wooden and metal, need to be protected from the elements, and during winter we recommend that the table is disassembled and stored away in a dry and sheltered place. Picnic tables like this are most commonly seen in parks, at gas stations and the like, but that does not mean that they won’t serve you well in your garden or yard, on the contrary! If they can withstand very intense use in public places for years, the one you make well and of good quality will last for decades. Even if a part breaks over time, as the table is foldable, you will be able to easily replace it with a new one. 

This table can comfortably seat 4 people and 1 person in a wheelchair. The tabletop is big enough for serving drinks and meals. Depending on their size, a maximum of six people can sit at it, but then there will be less comfort and there won’t be that much food serving space.

 

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