Folding Table

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Project by Jeff posted 06-01-2009 08:17 AM 3215 views 25 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my very first attempt at designing and building piece of furniture(I don’t really count high school shop, that stuff was years earlier). It was actually the first piece of furniture that I made with or without a design. My wife and I saw this table while on a trip to NYC in Sept. of 2002. I had taken some vacation during the holidays and this is what I made. I wish I still had the photo I took of the original table in the store (I’m sure they wouldn’t have liked me to take it in the first place). I don’t feel so bad for stealing the design, mainly because I only used it for myself and not to make any money from. Anyway, the construction is loose mortise and tennon joinery. The only metal in the whole thing are the screws for the hinges. This was also my first attempt at using a lathe, at the time I didn’t have one so I used a friends. I patterned the legs from some existing furniture that we had only a different scale. I don’t have a picture of it with finish, but I used several coats of tung oi. We set a lot of drinks on this table and so far no rings, just a good wiping down usually cleans it up well. I think the only tools I used were a table saw, drill, lathe and lots of scraping and sanding.

-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.

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#1 posted 06-01-2009 08:23 AM

This is neat. Is it also supposed to be a step stool or a display table? Did you use the Domino system for the joinery? I like it.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#2 posted 06-01-2009 08:54 AM

I forgot what the name of the system is, but it is a simple jig that you clamp to the wood then use a drill to drill out the tennon. You have to use the tennons that look like 5 dowels joined together side by side. Not sure how to explain without pictures and I didn’t see it on Woodcraft’s site. We mostly use the table in the “table” position with a lamp and stuff. It’s not meant to be stood on at all, although I’m sure it would hold a couple hundred pounds with no problem.

-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.

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#3 posted 06-01-2009 09:08 AM

I agree with Jack, this is an interesting design well executed.

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#4 posted 06-01-2009 01:29 PM

definately an interesting design…
nice work on the project, it looks great!

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#5 posted 06-01-2009 01:48 PM

well executed, nice design

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#6 posted 06-01-2009 02:47 PM

I am fascinated by furniture that can change into something else. This piece is pretty spiffy. Good job.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#7 posted 06-01-2009 02:53 PM

What a neat idea. Well done

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#8 posted 06-01-2009 07:07 PM

Hey Jeff, that turned out real good and multi functional too.
I think the tool you used for the job was a – “Mortise Mate”.

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#9 posted 06-02-2009 03:42 AM

Transformers, more that meets the eye. Sweet man, I love it.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#10 posted 06-02-2009 12:13 PM

((applause for the designer))

Fantastic creation!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 06-12-2009 03:37 AM

I like the idea and your execution of the project is faultless.. pity no pics of the finished project//
BTW I thought the jig might have been a ’’Beadlock’
Drill the first holes and move it over a little and drill more holes between the holes already drilled.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#12 posted 06-15-2009 02:55 PM

Yes, beadlock is the jig I used. Just saw it at the store to remind me of the name.

-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.

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#13 posted 10-15-2009 11:52 PM

I really like this – it will fit the bill for a need I have in the shop.

Thanks for sharing !

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#14 posted 10-18-2009 06:08 AM

Cool design well done

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#15 posted 11-20-2009 02:01 PM

Very nice design and neat build.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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