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
Appendix 1: Changing stock size and/or table length
It is possible to use a different stock size (thickness) and/or change the length of the folding picnic table.
Using a different stock size (thickness only)
If you want to use a wood that is slightly thicker or thinner that the wood size used in this article, you must adjust the length of the four bolts to suit as well as apply the formula (see below) to the seat boards and the tabletop boards (in relation to one another).
Changing the table length
You can change the length of the table simply by changing the length of the seat boards and tabletop boards.
The same amount must be added (or subtracted) to the back seat boards, the front seat boards, and the tabletop boards.
If you use a thicker or thinner wood as well, then you must apply the formula.
The difference in length between the shorter and longer seat boards is the sum of the thickness of four side framing members plus 1/4″ (6mm). The later measurement is to allow for a little bit of play.
For example, if the side frame members are 1-1/2″ (38mm) thick, four times that plus 1/4″ (6mm) equals 6-1/4″ (158mm).
Therefore 6-1/4″ (158mm) will be the difference between the length of the front and rear seats boards.
The difference in length between the tabletop boards and the longer seat boards is the sum of the thickness of two side frame members plus 3″ (76mm) for the overhang (shared equal each end).
For example, if the side framing members are 1-1/2″ (38mm) thick, two times that is 3″ (76mm), and plus the 3″ (76mm) overhang = 6″ (152mm).
Therefore, In that case the table boards will be 6″ (152mm) longer than the longer seat boards.