Table of Contents
- 1Introduction & description
- 2Shopping list
- 3Part identification - Schematics
- 4The plans
- 5The individual pieces
- 6Step 1. Mark and cut the pieces
- 7The angles pattern
- 8Step 2. The round cuts
- 9Step 3. The bolt holes
- 10Step 4. Make up the back seat side-frames
- 11Step 5. Make up the front legs
- 12Step 6. Join the table rails to the leg extensions
- 13Step 7. Assemble the side-frames
- 14Step 8. See if it works
- 15Step 9. Prepare for the seat boards
- 16Step 10. Add the seat boards
- 17Step 11. Add the tabletop boards
- 18Step 12. Keeping the tabletop boards even
- 19Step 13. Add the backrest stop
- 20Step 14. Stop the table from spreading
- 21Step 15. Add the seat braces
- 22Step 16. Well done
- 23Appendix 1: Changing stock size and/or table length
- 24Appendix 2: The backrest clip-on
Step 14. Stop the table from spreading
We need a spread-stop (for lack of another term). Otherwise the table will just keep spreading out until it is on the floor.
O.K. Open up the picnic table until the from leg and back leg are 47-1/4″ (1200mm) apart overall.
Find two pieces of wood (or something) slightly longer than 47-1/4″ (1200mm) and clamp them to the bottom of the front and back legs, one each side of the picnic table. That will hold the table in position and stop it spreading while you fix the spread-stops.
Apply two spread-stops each end. Spread-stop 1 and Spread-stop 2.
Spread-stop 1 is piece (g1). There are two, one each end. Fix them (g1) to the ends of the tabletop rails (g)so they are positioned flush with the ends of the tabletop rails (g) and against the front legs (a). Fix with glue and screws.
Spread-stop 2 are angle brackets (sliding door stopper type brackets). Fit them to the front legs (a) as close to the outside of the leg as possible and hard up against the end underside of the tabletop rail (g). Ensure it is as close to the outside of the leg as possible otherwise it could be in the way when folding the table back to bench mode.