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How to make a

compact folding picnic table     By Les Kenny


folding picnic table conecting pieces Step 5. Make up the two tabletop support units

Glue and screw pieces [k] to pieces [j], and then glue and screw them to pieces [i] to make two tabletop support units.
Use the plan below and photos for reference, and don't forget to make up each opposing unit so that they are mirror images of each other.

folding table tabletop support unit

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Step 6. Connect the side frames

It's now time to join the side frames together, which is really just a matter of aligning the bolt holes in pieces [i] with the bolt holes in pieces [f], threading bolts (with washers) through the holes, and applying washers to the other ends followed by nylon locking nuts. Then do the same to pieces [j] and [d].
Refer to the photos for a bit of visual guidance, and ensure that one complete side frame is a mirror image of the opposite side frame.

folding picnic table higher side frame folding picnic table complete side frame

Note: Each bolt is used as a pivot point for two pieces of wood, therefore the nuts cannot be tightened completely otherwise the wood would not be able to 'pivot' freely.
Because the nuts can only be loosely tightened (just enough to allow the wood to pivot), nylon locking nuts (or similar) are required.
A nylon locking nut is a nut that resists further loosening or tightening under vibration and torque. It has a nylon collar insert.