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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Let's talk about the measurements used
The measurements throughout this project are given in both metric (mm) and standard imperial (inches).
The metric measurements are given first, followed by the standard measurements in brackets ().
Please note that, for rounding off purposes, the metric (mm) measurements given do not convert exactly to their corresponding standard (inch) equivalents, so just choose one or the other and you won't have any problems as far as the measurements go.
The standard measurements are best suited to North America and the metric measurements are best suited to Australasia and some other countries.
Let's talk about the wood and sizes
I used treated pine (suitable for exterior use) for the frame with a stock size of 32 mm x 64 mm (1 1/4" x 2 1/2").
That means that the wood is 32 mm (1 1/4") thick, and 64 mm ( 2 1/2") wide.
If you are unable to source that stock size, or unable to obtain it by other means (e.g. by ripping it down from a bigger stock size), then use a thicker wood. However, if you do this you will also have to change the length of the bolts to suit, as well as the length of the longer seat panel and the tabletop panel in relation to the shorter seat panel. See Step 8 for more information about that.
The seat and tabletop panels:
I used 140 mm (5 1/2) wide x 19 mm (3/4") thick, tongue and groove boards for the seats and tabletop.
Tongue and groove boards have a groove along one edge
and a tongue along the other edge.
The tongue on one board fits snugly into a groove in another board.
Tongue and groove joints allow two or more boards to be strongly joined together to make a single flat surface.
Alternative stock: There are other alternatives, such as standard boards or decking boards. They will be dealt with in the appropriate step. Standard 90 mm (3 1/2") wide x 19 mm (3/4") thick boards (as another option) will be allowed for in the materials (shopping) list as well as in the plans in Step 8.