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3 Clamp tho two middle tabletop planks together andcuta tH'hole between them with a holesaw. After you mount the planks on the table, you can use them to hold an umbrella.

4 Cut a hole for an umbrella in the top table planks and the table stretcher.

Clamp the two tabletop middle planks together with a '/<" spacer in between. With a holesaw, drill a I diamcter hole between the two planks, equidistant from both ends. (See Figure .V) Also, drill a hole in the center of the stretcher. Later on, after you've assembled the table, you can use these holes to mount a large umbrella in the table.

3 Clamp tho two middle tabletop planks together andcuta tH'hole between them with a holesaw. After you mount the planks on the table, you can use them to hold an umbrella.

Sand the table parts. Sand all the parts of If you plan to paint or stain the completed project, now the table to remove any rough spots on the wood. would be a good time to apply the first coat.

Assemble the table frame. Put the table w legs together to form two Xs, or "sawbucks." Clamp the upper ends of the legs to the aprons, where shown in the working drawings. Drill Vb"-diameter holes through the legs and aprons and bolt them together.

Carefully position one end of the stretcher so that it's centered in the lap joint on one of the leg-apron assemblies where the legs cross. Temporarily nail the legs to the stretcher. Don't drive the nails home, so that you can pull them out easily. Have a helper stand up both leg-apron assemblies on a Hat surface, and nail the unattached assembly to the other end of the stretcher.

Remove the nails one by one and replace them with lag screws. Drill pilot holes for the screws, then drive the screws through the lap joints and into the stretcher. These lag screws serve double duty. Not only do they attach the legs to the stretcher, they secure the legs to each other.

7Attach the table top. Measure the aprons to find the exact middle of each board. Also, measure all the table top planks to find the middle of each board Starting at the middle of the aprons with the middle top planks, tack the table top in place. Use a scrap of 'A "-thick stock to space the planks evenly. Make sure the boards are centered on the aprons so that the marks you made at the middle of each board all line up. If the boards aren't properly placed, you won't have enough stock on one side of your table to cut a perfect circle. When you're certain that all the planks are properly positioned, drive the nails home.

TR Y THi5 Use spiral decking nails to attach the planks to the frame. These are designed so that they won't pull loose.

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