|Project by russv||posted 09-21-2009 10:08 PM||6915 views||13 times favorited||7 comments|
My wife asked me for a table she can put together temporarily for big family gatherings (or doing her jigsaw puzzles) and that when not in use, can be stored in a closet. She told me that the tables with the folding legs are ugly, heavy, and not very sturdy. She can’t put it up and take it down by herself and sometimes breaks a nail trying. What I designed and built for her meets her criteria (including not ugly). She can assemble or disassemble this table by herself and doesn’t require tools. I told her “no guaranty you won’t break a nail”. The table can be stored in a closet or hung flat on a wall when not in use. The dimensions of the table are 72”Lx32”Wx30”H and it weighs about 35 lbs. with the plywood top. I made levelers for the base but one could take them off and put 4 threaded casters on it so it can roll around if needed. This makes it useful to be used as a temporary assembly table in a shop or garage. I made this unit out of inexpensive dimensional lumber from my local home improvement store. The only hardware required is a few wood screws, 8 carriage bolts and nuts, and 4 plastic knobs. The construction is simple. I built the base using I-beam techniques for strength and lightness, and used torsion box construction for the primary top. I have put 250 lbs. on the table when assembled and it was both sturdy and had no racking movement. This table can be used as an extra table in the house, as a picnic table outside, or in the shop. The assembly instructions and pictures are as follows:
Here is a table that is sturdy, looks nice and can be assembled and disassembled in less than 2 minutes with no tools. It only takes one person to assemble/disassemble it and can be used for an extra table indoors or outside.
To begin assembling, lay all the pieces out. Note the end piece have levelers on the bottom of these pieces. Put the first end piece on the cross piece and line it up to the bolts through the holes and put a plastic knob on each bolt and tighten lightly. Now you can install the other end. Make sure the end pieces are oriented the same direction when done. Now look at the bottom side of the top piece. Note the recessed areas of the top. These will set into the top of the base unit. Now you can put the top on the base.
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