Furniture assembly instructions
We've had to suspend our usual two-man assembly service while social distancing rules are in force, but our tables are relatively straightforward to put together, so here's our quick and easy guide.
Okay, so first things first...when your table arrives, it will be packaged in two boxes (the only exception being our Brunswick extending table which comes in three boxes, read on for details). The table top is in one box, the base/legs in the other.
We recommend having two people to assemble the tables. You will definitely need two of you when assembling and turning over the larger tables as these are heavy.
Take the boxes into the room where you want to position your table, open them and remove all the packaging.
Place the table top on a carpet or on the cardboard (to protect the table surface and prevent scratching) with the underneath facing upwards.
Now you're ready to bolt on the base/pedestal/legs. Each table comes with the necessary number of nuts, spring washers and flat washers to go with the fixing holes in the wood.
NB: It's important that the washers are put onto the nut/bolt in the right order, so always make sure that you put the spring washer (the one that's split to give it more flexibility) on first and the flat washer on second.
|Load the spring washer onto the bolt first, and the flat washer second. Spring washers prevent softer materials from damage by distributing the pressure over a greater surface area when the nut is tightened. The flat washer serves a similar purpose – but is (yes, stating the obvious!) flat.|
Now you're at the stage where you can bolt the table together. The instructions vary slightly from table to table, so here's the rundown for each:
Each round table has 2 bolt holes on each arm (8 in total). Simply place the pedestal/base on the table to line up with the holes, position each bolt and tighten securely (avoid over-tightening) with the Allen key provided.
Turn the table the right side up and place into position.
|The Amberley and Wolsey tables each have 4 carved arms with 2 bolts in each arm (8 in total).||
The Belmont round table has 4 straight arms with 2 bolts in each arm (8 in total).
The Belmont Oval tables (weathered oak and black painted) each have two pedestals, which need to be positioned at either end of the upturned table top.
Depending on the design, there will be either 12 bolts (3 on each side of each pedestal in a triangular pattern) or 16 bolts (4 on each side of each pedestal in a square).
Line up the holes and tighten all bolts securely before lifting the table upright again and placing into position.
The Belvedere table (and bench) has a central crossbar which needs fixing between the 2 pedestals before they are attached to the table top.
Make sure the pedestals are in position with their recesses facing inwards and then place the crossbar into the two recesses, lining up the holes. Screw in both ends of the central bar (1 bolt for each end).
Now attach the pedestals to the table top. Each pedestal has two arms with 4 bolts on each (16 in total).
|Bolt the central crossbar on the Belvedere table to the pedestal at each end.||Fix the 2 arms of each pedestal to the underside of the Belvedere with 4 bolts.|
The Montague has four legs, with each pair of legs attached by a crossbar at each end (already fixed in position) and a central crossbar running the length of the table, which needs to be attached first.
Position the long central crossbar into the recesses in the middle of each short crossbar and tighten the bolts (2 in total) with the Allen key provided.
Now position the tops of the legs into the triangular recesses on the corners of table, line up with the two holes on each diagonal frame and screw the bolts into place (8 in total).
|Bolt each end of the long central crossbar on the Montague table into the short crossbar between each pair of legs.||Line up the top of the legs with the triangular recesses on the underside of the table top and bolt into place.|
The Brunswick extending dining table comes in three boxes, one containing the round table top and 4 main legs, one with 4 extending leaves and one with 4 additional legs (in 2 sets of 2).
Unwrap the boxes in the room where the table will be used and turn the table top upside down (Step 1, see below) on carpet, cardboard or a rug to prevent scratching.
Attach the 4 main legs to the table top. Slot each leg into the recesses on the corners of the table, lining up the two protruding bolts with the holes. Put on the spring washers provided and tighten the nut using the small spanner provided (Step 2, see below).
Then bolt the remaining 2 pairs of legs into the metal extending mechanism, positioning them up carefully with the offset holes so that the legs line up with each other. Tighten all 4 bolts securely (but avoid over-tightening)(Steps 3 & 4, see below).
You should now have a small table with 8 legs. Turn it the right way up before adding extension leaves.
To add extension leaves, simply unclasp the metal catches on the underside of the table and pull the table apart to create an opening (Step 5, below). Add one leaf at a time, making sure that the small studs on the edge of each leaf line up with the holes in the next leaf so they slot in easily.
If they don't seem to be lining up as they should, rearrange the leaves and try a different order. They should glide into place.
Once the leaves are in place, do the catches up underneath to hold them securely.
Add all four leaves to completely extend the table (Step 6, below).
To remove the leaves, simply unclasp the catches and remove one by one (Step 7, below). Push the table back together again on the the metal extension track.
Fasten the catches on the small table and store the leaves in a safe, dry place when not in use (Step 8, below).
Attach each of the four main outside legs of the Brunswick with 2 nuts.
Attach the 2 pairs of additional legs to the metal extending mechanism.
Unclasp the catch to add an extension leaf, and close the clasp again to keep it secure.
Make sure the studs in each extension leaf line up with the holes in the leaf next to it before sliding in.