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

Step 3. The bolt holes

Each bolt hole will begin with a wider starter hole to embed (countersink) the bolt head or nut.

bolt hole and countersink hole

Drill a 1" (25mm) starter hole the depth of the bolt head and washer ON ONE SIDE ONLY of each relevant piece. Then continue through the wood with a 3/8" (10mm) hole.

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Now listen up - this is important: There are two of every piece and each pair mirror one another. Hence, the starter holes must be on opposite sides of each matching pair. Simply follow the pictures below and take note of what side the starter holes are on.

Pay particular attention to the hole placement in piece [g]. Refer to the plan drawing below.

picnic table pieces with the holes drilled

hole placement plan

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