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
● See the video at YouTube
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.
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.
Note: Each bolt is used as a pivot point for two pieces of wood, therefore the nuts cannot be tightened
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.