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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Step 8. Make the seats and tabletop panels.
The size of the seats and table panels is crucial.
The panel sizes are as follows:
Shorter seat area, 190 (7 5/8") x 880 (35 3/8")
Longer seat area, 190 (7 5/8") x 1010 (40 3/8")
Tabletop area, 475 (19") x 1090 (43 5/8")
The formula -
The most crucial measurement is the difference in length between the shorter and longer seat, which should be the sum of the thickness
of four side framing members. For example, the side framing members are 32.5 mm (1 1/4") thick. Four times that is
130 mm (5"), which is the difference between the length of the two seats.
This formula is worth considering if you want to make the seats longer, or use a thicker wood for the side frames.
Below are the plans for the seats and tabletop. There are two options. The option used in fig.1, which is 140 mm (5 1/2) wide x 19 mm (3/4") thick, tongue and groove boards, and another option used in fig.2 i.e. using 90 mm (3 1/2") wide x 19 mm (3/4") thick boards.
Note: The sides of the tongue and groove boards fig.1 will need to be trimmed (ripped down) to achieve the correct width of the seats and tabletop.