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How to build an Extendable Picnic Table

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Extendable picnic table
Extendable Table

Description

extendable picnic table

This table and bench set comprises of a sturdy stand alone rectangular shaped table and two (also stand alone) bench seats.

There are two extension pieces that can be slotted into the ends of the table to increase its length. The two extension pieces are separate from the table, and when not needed they can be completely removed and stored until further required. They are not permanently attached to the table.

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The table and benches are made out of treated softwood. The stock sizes used are: 190 mm x 45 mm (1 1/2" x 7 1/2"), 145 mm x 45 mm (1 1/2" x 5 1/2"), 95 mm x 45 mm (1 1/2" x 3 1/2"), 65 mm x 45 mm (1 1/2" x 2 1/2"), and 45 mm x 45 mm (1 1/2" x 1 1/2").

The table is 750 mm (30") wide and 1300 mm (52") long minimum, and extends to 2200 mm (7' 4") with the extension pieces added. Each bench seat is 1300 mm (52") long and 290 mm (11 5/8") wide.

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About the measurements used

Dimensions given in this project are in both Metric (mm) and Imperial (inches).

The metric measurements are given first followed by the standard measurements in brackets ( ).
For example: 95 mm x 45 mm (1 1/2" x 3 1/2").

The size (width and thickness) of the wood used in this project is the 'actual' (true) size.
That is the size of the wood after it has been dressed (surfaced, planed and/or seasoned).

Note: Sizes vary from place to place. If the stock sizes you source are slightly different - it doesn't really matter. Just make any necessary allowances.   Continue >