Gather your supplies
• Long rails 66 x 19 x 1000mm hardwood decking (2)
• Cross rails 66 x 19 x 482mm hardwood decking (4)
• Tabletop 66 x 19 x 957mm hardwood decking (7)
• Prop 66 x 19 x 950mm hardwood decking
You’ll also need
Cordless drill; 50 and 30-35mm stainless steel screws; 2.5mm nails; 75mm stainless steel butt hinges (2); water-based decking finish; sandpaper; plastic plugs
Step 1 Cut decking for long and cross rails, measure 9mm in from each end of long rails, and mark 20mm from top and bottom. Predrill 5mm clearance holes and countersink. Butt 1 long rail against 1 cross rail at 1 end and predrill 3mm pilot holes. Screw together. Repeat for other corners.
Step 2 With table frame facing down, measure and mark 200mm from ends. From this measurement, mark 20 and 50mm on long rails. Measure 28mm up from bottom, drill clearance holes and countersink.
Step 3 Cut decking for tabletop and lay face down inside frame. Put remaining cross rails in position 200mm from each end with flat face up.
Step 4 Place nails between decking boards for spacing, then predrill staggered countersunk clearance holes in cross rails to coincide with decking positions.
Step 5 Press down firmly and screw long rails to central cross rails, then screw rail to decking boards, making sure gaps at ends of board are equal.
Step 6 Screw hinges to bottom back edge of table, also about 200mm in from ends.
Step 7 Prop table in folded down position against balcony wall so bottom of hinge is at least 760mm above floor. Use drill to mark screw holes for hinge. Remove table and drill holes for plastic plugs. Insert plugs, bring table back in position and screw in place.
Step 8 Cut prop to act as a stay between floor and inside front edge of table. It should be a minimum of 950mm long. Gradually reduce length until table is level. Stop prop from slipping by screwing four 50mm decking offcuts to underside of table and at floor. Sand table, then paint with 2 coats of finish.