|Project by Sunstealer73||posted 05-18-2014 02:55 PM||1483 views||1 time favorited||1 comment|
My wife does a lot of crafting and frequently has to use our dining table, kitchen island, folding TV tables, etc. to work on. She asked for a folding table with a top that would be easy to clean, the same height as our existing desks in the office, and the same color scheme. I went back and forth on the design trying to come up with something. I found folding hardware, but many people said they were just not very strong.
I finally decided to try creating my own folding hardware using 3/4” dowel, threaded inserts, and threaded knobs. I made some small scale version just to make sure it would work like I planned:
The dowel runs from apron to apron. Each leg has a through hole bored slightly larger than the dowel so they will pivot up and down. When folded up, there is a leather strap to keep them from flopping around while you are moving it. When setup, a threaded knob goes through a hole in the apron and threads into an insert in each leg.
Everything but the laminated top was made with 4/4 red oak. The top is 3/4 plywood with black Formica on top. I used a v-bit to hide the seam between the Formica and oak edging. The finish is Golden Pecan stain and several coats of amber shellac.
As soon as I finish a table for my new drill press, I’ll be making custom wooden knobs to replace the plastic ones that it is currently using for the folding hardware.