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Here’s how

STEP 1 Ap­ply PVA to end of stile and butt into leg rail flush with 1 end. Se­cure through rail us­ing 100mm bat­ten screws. Re­peat to at­tach sec­ond stile to other end of rail, and sec­ond rail to other ends of stiles. Note: Glue all joints in fol­low­ing steps be­fore screw­ing. STEP 2 Us­ing mitre saw, cut 1 end of leg brace at a 45° an­gle. Work­ing from cen­tre, cut off cor­ners at other end at 45°. Po­si­tion on inside top cor­ner of leg frame. Screw through stile into brace us­ing 50mm screws. Off­set screw from cen­tre of brace so it doesn’t break through tim­ber. Screw through rail into brace us­ing 75mm bat­ten screws.

STEP 3 Re­peat Steps 1 and 2 to cre­ate 3 more leg frames.

STEP 4 Sit leg frame on edge so inside stile is fac­ing up. Clamp to bench to hold. Place hinge tem­plate on edge of stile 100mm from out­side cor­ner of frame. Use screw to mark tim­ber with drilling points on tem­plate.

STEP 5 Us­ing 13mm spade bit, drill holes in stile at each marked point to depth spec­i­fied by hinge in­struc­tions.

STEP 6 Use sharp chisel to straighten edges of hous­ing for hinge and smooth bot­tom.

STEP 7 Re­peat Steps 4-6 to cre­ate hous­ing for hinge at op­po­site end of stile and to cre­ate hinge hous­ings in re­main­ing leg frames. You’ll need a pair of leg frames with the hous­ing near the right edge of the stile and a pair near the left. STEP 8 Sit an op­pos­ing pair of leg frames on their side so edges near­est to hinge hous­ings meet. Clamp to bench. Place hinges in hous­ings to check fit and that tops are flush with stiles. Shave bot­tom of hous­ings or pack un­der hinges with card­board as re­quired. Predrill and screw hinges to stiles us­ing sup­plied screws. Re­peat to join sec­ond pair of leg frames. STEP 9 Sit leg as­sem­blies up­side down on blocks with a 1m gap between them. Place 1 cross rail between them so top edge of rail (which is fac­ing down) is flush with top edge of leg frame and side face of rail is flush with inside edge. Screw through leg frame into cross rail us­ing 100mm screws. STEP 10 Place sec­ond cross rail between leg frames to­wards op­po­site end. Make bot­tom edge of rail (which is fac­ing up) flush with end of stile and side face flush with inside edge. Screw through

leg frame into cross rail us­ing 100mm screws.

STEP 11 Cut ends of ta­ble brace on a 45° an­gle so di­rec­tion of an­gle goes in op­po­site di­rec­tion through tim­ber. Place brace on edge between top cross rail and leg frame. Se­cure though cross rail and leg frame us­ing 50mm screws. Re­peat to at­tach other ta­ble brace.

STEP 12 To cut table­tops to length, align pan­els on blocks then clamp spirit level to pan­els to act as a guide for cir­cu­lar saw, mak­ing sure blade is on the cut­ting line.

STEP 13 Re­peat tech­nique used in Steps 4-6 to cre­ate hinge hous­ings on 1 long edge of each table­top. Align hinge tem­plate with edge near top faces of pan­els. Place hinges 105mm from each end and in the cen­tre of pan­els. Fit hinges in hous­ings and se­cure in place with sup­plied screws. STEP 14 With table­tops folded to­gether, sit leg as­sem­bly on top so face of cross rail is flush with hinged edge of table­tops. Screw through cross rail and ta­ble braces with 50mm screws to se­cure legs to table­tops. STEP 15 Lightly sand us­ing 240-grit sand­pa­per. Re­move dust, ap­ply Proof­seal to en­tire unit. Fol­low with 3 coats clear var­nish. Al­low to dry and lightly sand between coats for a smooth fin­ish. Wax table­tops fol­low­ing prod­uct in­struc­tions.









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