Although the material for the legs is furnished S 4 S, you should test them carefully with a try-square and resurface them on all sides, making them perfectly square. (Chap. II., Par. 2, 3, 4.) Cut them the required length. The legs should be tapered slightly as indicated in the drawing. If desired, the corners may be chamfered (Chap. II., Par. 8). The legs are to be fastened with cross rails with mortise and tenon joint (Chap. V., Par. 66). The exact size of these mortises is not important. It is therefore not given on the drawing. It should be about 3/8" or 1/2". You might suit it to the size of the bit and chisel.
The cross rails are to join the pair of legs firmly. Plane these pieces the exact width shown in the drawing. Form the tenons on the ends to fit the mortise in the legs. (Chap. II., Par. 14.) Notice that these cross rails are not the same length. One is made enough shorter than the other so that this pair of legs will fold between the opposite pair.
Assemble the two pairs of legs by gluing the tenons in their proper mortise. When they are assembled they may be bored and pinned (Chap. V, Par. 66), or two small nails may be driven into each tenon.
The skirt board should be fastened to the top with glue and also with screws as already indicated.
Each pair of legs is to be attached to the top with three hinges, as shown in the drawing.
The center batten is for the purpose of receiving the two braces. It should be cut just long enough to fit between the two cross rails of the legs when the table is folded. It is fastened at the top with screws, as indicated in the drawing. It should also be glued.
The purpose of the braces is to lock the legs in position when the table is standing. The study of the drawing will show that they pivot on the screws so as to turn and allow the table to fold. They also hold the legs in position when the table is folded. These braces should be very carefully made and adjusted, for much of the strength of the table depends on the accuracy with which they are placed. The two very long screws are to be used to attach these braces.
With a sharp steel scraper, remove all tool marks and other rough places from the surface of the table. Smooth with fine sandpaper (Chapter II., Paragraph 17). Stain it the desired color (Chapter IV., Paragraph 54); finish with shellac (Chapter IV., Paragraph 57) or varnish (Chapter IV., Paragraph 58).
Optional and Home Projects Employing Similar Principles.
1. A sewing table for home use may be made on the same plan as this folding game table. It would be desirable to make it considerably longer, and perhaps use a little heavier stock in constructing the legs.
2. The principle of a folding table is practically employed in making a paper hanger's pasting table. Such a table is usually about 18" wide and about 8 feet long. Each pair of legs should have cross braces, and there should be some means of bracing and fastening it rigid when in use.