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One piece folding Bench and Picnic Table

Important points

Some fairly accurate measuring, drilling, and cutting is required for this folding table to work in the manner that it is meant to, however, due to Murphy's law, wood sizes being different, and dare we say it, a slight error in measurements, the table might not work as smooth as it should so some precautions can be taken.

Point 1. Pay special attention to the paragraph in step 3 that says "Special care should be taken for the following....."

Point 2. piece [c1] is a back stop. It stops the tabletop going down too far when the table is folded into bench seat mode. Because the placement of this piece is important, it is advisable to temporary place it, i.e., hold it in place with only one screw until the folding motion has been tried. A slight adjustment may then be required.

Point 3. The placement of seat [k] along seat rail [h] is also crucial. Study the dimensions shown in fig.a in the plans on page 6. Because the placement of this seat is important, it is advisable to temporary place it, i.e., hold it in place with only one screw each end of each piece, until the folding motion has been tried. A slight adjustment may be required.

A bit about the wood size

All the wood used is 90 mm x 32 mm (1¼" x 3½") stock except the seat boards [k] and [l] which are 90 mm x 45 mm (1½" x 3½") stock.
If 90 mm x 32 mm (1¼" x 3½") stock is unavailable in your area, and you choose to use 90 mm x 45 mm (1½" x 3½") stock instead, then adjustments will need to be made to the length of the bolts (4 only), the rear seat boards [l], and the tabletop boards [m].

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Sourcing the stock sizes
This project calls for two stock sizes - 90 mm x 45 mm (1½" x 3½"), and 90 mm x 32 mm (1¼" x 3½").
Both stock sizes are available in Australasia. In North America 90 mm x 45 mm (1½" x 3½") stock is widely available and 90 mm x 32 mm (1¼" x 3½") stock can be ripped out of 5/4 in. x 6 in. deck boards found at both Lowes and the Home Depot.
Ideally, if you can source or obtain both stock sizes all the better, but if you can only source the 90 mm x 45 mm (1½" x 3½") stock which is more widely available, then some changes to the plans would need to be made. Go to page 8 for details.

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