Saturday Morning Workshop: How To Build A Folding Adirondack Table

Add some function to your front porch and try a new joinery technique by building this folding Adirondack table.

Introduction

Got an Adirondack chair? This matching table is a perfect partner for it (or any comfy patio chair). You'll learn some tricks to expedite the process and a way to hide unsightly screws. With just a few basic tools, you'll have this table built and be relaxing next to your creation in a couple hours.

Tools Required

  1. 3/8” plug cutter
  2. Brad nail gun
  3. Clamps
  4. Drill press
  5. Drill/driver
  6. Jigsaw
  7. Miter saw

Materials Required

  1. 1-1/2 in. FH Screws
  2. 1x3 cedar (25')
  3. 3/8-in. lock nuts (4)
  4. 3/8-in. split washers (8)
  5. 3/8-in. x 2-1/2 in. carriage bolts (2)
  6. 3/8-in. x 3-in. carriage bolts (2)

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What It Takes

  • Time: 2 hours
  • Cost: $40
  • Skill Level: Beginner

Cutting List

Folding Adirondack Table Cutting List

Tech Art

Folding Adirondack Table Tech Art

Project step-by-step (6)

Step 1

Cut the arcs

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Draw the arc on both ends of one of the top slats (A, B, C). Cut the arc with a jigsaw and sand smooth. Trace the arc onto the rest of the top slats and cut with a jigsaw. Gang up all the parts in a vice and sand up to the line. Repeat the procedure on the non-angled ends of the legs (D).

Step 2

Assemble the apron

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Drill the counterbores at the ends of the apron sides (E) using a 3/8-in. Forstner bit. Clamp the apron end (F) to the apron side and drill a pilot hole into both parts. Remove the clamp and drill a clearance hole through the apron counterbores. Fasten the apron side to the apron end with 1-1/2 in. flat head screws.

Step 3

Attach the top slats

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Mark centerlines on all the top slats (A, B, C), apron sides (E) and apron ends (F). Line the top slats with 1/4-in. plywood spacers along the centerlines. Fasten the top slats to the apron sides and ends with the same counterbore, pilot hole and clearance hole method stated in step 2.

Step 4

Make plugs

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Drill plugs with a drill press and a 3/8-in. plug cutter. Chisel out the plugs.

Step 5

Insert plugs

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Glue and insert the plugs into the counterbore holes. Wipe any excess glue with a moist towel. Drill a 3/8-in. diameter hole in some thin cardboard and place it over the plug to save the wood surface from being marred. Cut the excess plug with a handsaw and sand flush.

Step 6

Attach the legs

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Glue and pin the spacers (G) to the interior of the apron sides (E). Drill 3/8-in. clearance holes into the ends of the apron sides. Attach the legs (D) with 3/8-in. x 3 in. carriage bolts, split washers and nuts for the legs through the spacer and 3/8-in. x 2-1/2 in. carriage bolts, split washers and nuts for the legs that only go through the apron sides.

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