|Project by cracknpop||posted 11-26-2016 04:24 PM||592 views||4 times favorited||2 comments|
I drew my sister-in-law in our family gift exchange. She had posted to her online ’wish list’ that she wanted ”a 24 inch long, 12 inch wide, 38 inch high table with legs and surface that fold in. Prefer oak wood, poplar would work. This is to put up my nativity set. So I want it to fold up when its not the holidays. But I could use it outside during fire pit season.” Those dimensions didn’t seem like a good plan to me. After talking with one of ’Santa’s elves’, we came up with much more stable dimensions of 36” wide, 16” deep, and 24” tall.
A quick peruse of LJ revealed an intriguing idea. I appreciate Terry’s post, http://lumberjocks.com/projects/220546 and TJ’s post http://lumberjocks.com/projects/52504 that started me in the right direction. I also looked up an old Popular Woodworking article from 2011 which detailed a Portuguese Folding Table. http://www.popularwoodworking.com/articleindex/portuguese-table
With all leg and support arm pieces being 3/4” x 2” made for fairly quick milling. In fact, milling went so quick, I decided to also make a table per the PW plans and will donate it to a local fundraiser. The PW article was very helpful in organizing the project timeline. I followed another LJ suggestion and used roto hinges for the leg joints instead of the original plan’s 1/4’ bolts and nuts. Sanded to 180 grit, stained with ZAR Salem Maple stain, then finished off with a few coats of lacquer. Lightly sanding the seal coat and just before final coat resulted in a nice smooth finish. Polished it off with a paste wax rub down.
My sister-in-law was very happy with her Christmas gifts, which definitely adds to my satisfaction in how this project turned out.
For video of how the table folds/unfolds,
-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.