Amy's Oak Folding Tables

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Project by cracknpop posted 11-26-2016 04:24 PM 1667 views 5 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 tabl​e with legs and surf​ace that fold in. Pref​er oak wood​, pop​lar woul​d 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, and TJ’s post that started me in the right direction. I also looked up an old Popular Woodworking article from 2011 which detailed a Portuguese Folding 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.

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#1 posted 11-26-2016 08:16 PM

Cool idea, very practical, to carry on even.

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#2 posted 11-27-2016 01:52 AM

She has already put it to use…..

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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