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How to build a one-piece
folding picnic table out of 2x4 lumber

Instructions

General

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Read each step to the end before you do anything and compare the images with the text.

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Pre drill all screw holes.

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Step 1. Mark and cut the pieces

Mark all the pieces onto 9 only 8ft (2240mm) lengths of 2x4 (100mm x 50mm) as shown in the drawing below. Refer to the individual pieces plan on the previous page for the dimensions of each individual piece.
Place a sticker on each marked piece. Write the piece identification number on each sticker for future reference.

individual piece markings
How to mark all the pieces on nine 8ft lengths of lumber

Cut the pieces out, don't bother with any round cuts at this stage - just square cuts and angle cute.

the cut pieces
All the pieces cut with angle and square cuts only - no round cuts yet

Go to the next page for angles pattern.

Note: All the wood in this project is of dressed (dimensional) 2x4 (50mm x 100mm) stock.

But the real, actual size of the wood measures 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (38mm x 89mm).

In short - The actual, real size of the wood (thickness and width) used in this project is 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (38mm x 88mm).

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