strong folding table

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Project by bushmaster posted 05-17-2014 09:50 PM 3312 views 27 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have not seen any of these tables on this site so many of you may not be aquainted with its concept and design. To fold, pull up on outer edges and flip tops down and together like the pictures’ reverse procedure, set on lawn beside benches and enjoy the view. Invitation is still open and I have more benches.

To build. choose the size of top you want using two equal size pieces of wood. Then 4 pieces that are shorter than the width of the table, and 4 legs. I found that the hole for the pivot place for the legs looks nicer if slightly above center. I used 1/4 inch bolts and washers to bolt it together. lastly screw the cross pieces to the top. Cross piece screws to the side opposite the top pivot. There as clearas mud, eh. The last picture is worth a thousand words though. Just remember to bolt the cross pieces to the outside of the assembled two leg pieces. Works better that way

As a woodworker, sure beats plastic as an athsetic addition to all your other wood products, yes you can sit on it,

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 05-17-2014 11:12 PM

Very nice work. Destined for top 3.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 05-17-2014 11:58 PM

Beautiful bench, beautiful tables fit the fantastic view! These will be replicated for sure. RH

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#3 posted 05-18-2014 06:59 AM

Very Nice Brian!

-- (Rick S.)... "Don't Worry About What People Think! They Don't Do It Very Often Anyway!"

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#4 posted 05-18-2014 10:29 AM

Those are cool. One (unsolicited) idea for an improvement might be to use a flat headed bolt (like a stove bolt) for the leg pivots, set in a countersunk hole so that the legs can fold completely flat when stored. Great project.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#5 posted 05-18-2014 10:58 AM

I had wanted stove bolts but used reegular bolts as the stove bolts where completly threaded and thought the regular bolts would fit tighter and pivot better in the holes. I was thinking of tee nuts also for a flush finish. Another improvement would be a spacer between the legs for greater stiffnes and keep egs parallel. Am working out kinks onnthese. Arrange legs so two out and two in one each side to use a spacer.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 05-18-2014 12:05 PM

bushmaster, these are slick folding tables, pretty ingenious in design & operation. If you want to view some helpful videos on these, visit these YouTube sites:
Thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 05-18-2014 01:16 PM

Nice workmanship.

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#8 posted 05-18-2014 01:23 PM

Thanks for the utube link. some good ideas there. wood dowels are interesting alternative and shows the braces that I think are necessary. And I thought i had something new. I do not have wifi, only data on cell phone so do not do alot of video. Thanks for all the suggestions.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#9 posted 05-18-2014 01:25 PM

I like the table but man the view is awesome!

-- john111

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#10 posted 05-18-2014 01:45 PM

Good idea well done.

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#11 posted 05-19-2014 12:09 AM

Now he also becomes “Table-Master”

Very nice job!

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#12 posted 05-30-2014 01:46 AM

Nicely done.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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