Folding Picnic Table And Bench

This picnic table is great for spontaneous afternoons in the country. It folds down flat to fit into most car trunks or hatchbacks. The key to its portability is the U-shaped leg assemblies, which nest inside each other. To acccomplish this, make the outer leg assembly first, then cut the inner one to fit inside it. This arrangement means, however, that one leg rail is short, and must rest on a block to provide the proper table height. The rail is held to the block with a butterfly catch.

The leg ends are marked and trimmed after the table is assembled, an easy way to get exactly the right angle and length.

The perfect complement to the picnic table is the keyed tenon bench. Also known as a joynt stool, it is an adaptation of an old English design that features an interesting construction technique. The legs are made in halves, then joined with dowel joints to ensure symmetry, while the notches automatically form the through mortises to hold the stretchers in place.

CUTTING LIST

QTY

T

w

L

PICNIC TABLE

Outer legs

2

VA"

3>/2"

36"*

Inner legs

2

VA"

3V2

36"*

Hinge rail

1

VA"

3V2"

36"

Catch rail

1

VA"

3V2"

29"

Cross rail

1

1 Vi"

3Vz"

29"

Top rails

2

VA"

4"

27"

Top stiles

2

VA"

4"

44"

Butterfly catch support block

1

VA"

4%"

19 y/

Top slats

7

VA"

4"

48"

Hinge supports

2

1 Vt"

3"

6"

BENCH

Leg halves

4

1%"

5W

16"

Upper stretcher

1

l1//

3"

28 W

Lower stretcher

1

r/v

3"

34"

Cleats

4

ÍW

VA"

4%"

Seat slats

3

VA"

43A"

36"

Tusks

2

*Not final length

Top s/at

Catch rail

Butterfly catch support block

Butterfly catch

Carriage

Top stile

Top rail

4"gate hinge

Top rail

The folding picnic table is the perfect way to bring a bit of civilization into the countryside. It offers a sturdy dining area, large enough to sit four people.

Inner leg

Outer leg

Carriage

The folding picnic table is the perfect way to bring a bit of civilization into the countryside. It offers a sturdy dining area, large enough to sit four people.

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