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How to build an Hexagonal Table with Seating

This is the imperial (ft and inch) version. Click here for the metric (mm) version.

working on the upper frame of the hexagonal table Step 7: Fix the tabletop boards

Fix the tabletop boards to the upper frame in the same manner as the seat boards were fixed to the lower frame in steps 5 and 6.
Once the outside run of boards is fixed in place and the rest of the boards have been cut, lay them in place, row by row.
Use wedges or packers between the gaps if necessary, to help position and hold the boards in place until nailed.

Step 8: Drill the umbrella hole

Turn the tabletop unit upside down.
Drill a hole through an innermost tabletop board as close as possible to the junction where the spokes join.
Use a 1 1/2" drill bit, but check your umbrella first, just in case it has a larger than normal diameter pole.
Do not drill all the way through - drill just until the point of the drill breaks slightly through the board.
You can complete the hole from the other side when the table is turned upright.
Drilling through both sides should help prevent the possibility of tearing around the edges of the hole.

Step 9: Add temporary spacers

The purpose of the spacer blocks are to hold the upper and lower frames apart at the correct distance until such time as the legs can be fixed in place.
The upper frame is currently sitting on the ground in the upside-down position.
According to the plans, the distance between the upper frame and lower frame is 9 1/2".
Therefore the spacer blocks will need to be 9 1/2" long.
Cut six spacer blocks 9 1/2" long out of 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" wood.
Temporarily nail the spacer blocks to the ends of the upper frame (tabletop) spokes.

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