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Folding Picnic Table Plans
picnic table and bench seat combination

How to make
A Folding Picnic Table
bullet Page one: Introduction & About the Lumber  |  User Comments/Photos
bullet Page two: Plans
bullet Page three: Identifying the parts
bullet Page three: Individual pieces & Materials List
bullet Page four: Instructions
bullet Page five: Instructions continued
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Instructions continued

picnic table assembly 1 Step 7. The tabletop and arm supports
Determine where to position the arm support [e] on the tabletop support [k].

To do this, hold the tabletop support [k] in position on the seat unit and then sit the arm support [e] level on top of a closed hinge. Hold the arm support [e] in position against the tabletop support [k].

Note: The hinge is not fixed in place at this time. It is just used as a packer to determine the correct height of the arm support [e].

Next, mark the position of the arm support [e] on the tabletop support [k].

The arm support [e] and the tabletop support [k] can now be taken to a work platform and fixed together with screws.
Make up a second pair in mirror image of the first.

You will then need to repeat the process for the second bench seat unit.

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Step 8. Fix the tabletop boards to the tabletop supports picnic table assembly 2
Using the seat bench units as work platforms, lay the tabletop supports [k] across the seat boards directly above, and in line with the base ends [d].

The tabletop supports [k] should then automatically be the right distance apart.

Position the tabletop boards [a] as shown in fig.6.
Ensure that the overhangs at both ends of the tabletop boards are equal and then screw the tabletop boards [a] to the tabletop supports [k] with 90mm (3 1/2") wood screws through pre-drilled shank holes.

Note: The spacings between the tabletop supports [k] for unit 1 will be different to that of unit 2.

When finished, the tabletop supports [k] on unit 1 must be able to fit between the tabletop supports [k] on unit 2. See the plans on page 2.

Step 9. Join the table to the seat
Hold each tabletop assembly upright in position on their respective seat units and mark the positions of the arm supports [e] on the seat boards [b]. See fig.7a.

Fold the seat over to the table position. With the end of the arm supports [e] on the mark, prop the table level and then fit the hinges making sure that the hinge screws have maximum hold.

picnic table assembly 3

Step 10. The arm
The length of the arm [f] is most important as it holds the tabletop on the same plane as the seat (i.e. level) when in the 'table position'.

Mark and cut each arm around their respective tabletop supports [k] and shape to suit. See the individual pieces on page three.
The length of the arms [f] should be the distance between the tabletop boards [a] and the base ends [d] when the tabletop is level or on the same plane as the seats. See fig.8a.

Fold each seat back to the 'seat position' and screw the arms [f] to the arm supports [e] through pre-drilled shank holes. See fig.8b.

Finally, shape and screw a decorative fill [g] to the bottom of each tabletop support [k] and arm support [e].
picnic table assembly 4

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