compact folding picnic table By Les Kenny
1: Introduction, the structure of the thing
2: About the measurements, wood sizes
3: The materials (shopping) list
4: The materials (shopping) list continued
5: The cutting list
6: Cut, shape, and drill the pieces
7: Plans, the individual frame pieces
8: Make up the smaller side frames
9: Fix the seat support pieces to the long legs
10: Assemble the side frames
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11: Prepare the frames for seat and tabletop
12: Make the seat and tabletop panels
13: Fix and seats and tabletop
14: Adjust the backstops and fix the bracing
15: Plans - the armrest
16: Make and fit the armrest frames
17: Make and fit the armrest pads
18: Make the umbrella hole and more photos
19: User Comments/Photos
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From picnic table to bench seat in one easy move.
This compact one-piece folding picnic table can be neatly folded back into a single bench seat and tucked away in a corner of the deck, patio, or garden area.
This design is a remake of a very old table given to me many years ago. The old table was due for the scrap heap, so before it disintegrated and was lost forever, I decided to make another.
I had made a similar-style bigger table once before (it can be seen here www.buildeazy.com/folding_instructions_1.html ), but this one is more compact and is ideal for a deck or area with limited space.
In seat-mode it can be neatly placed to one side and seat two people. When food or drinks are served it can easily be folded out to make a picnic table with a seat each side that will comfortably accommodate two adults and two kids, one adult and four kids, or five kids (subject to the kids' sizes of course).
The structure of the thing
The mechanism of this masterpiece is all in the side frames, where the various members are cunningly assembled to allow the necessary motions that transform the unit from a single seat to a two-seater picnic table, and vice versa.
And once the two side frames have been made, it is simply a matter of fixing the seat panels and tabletop panel to the side frames, and adding the armrests.
The armrests, incidentally, also act as a brake to contain the unit from spreading out too far.