Folding Gate-Leg Table

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Project by TheDane posted 04-29-2010 04:09 AM 10982 views 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife is a Quilter … which means she needs a large, flat surface at a comfortable height to layout patterns and cut material. The caveat is that her sewing room, like my workshop, is a little tight on space so the cutting table needed to be collapsible to conserve space.

The answer I came up with was a cutting table with drop down leaves and a set of gate-legs.

This table is 35” tall, 36” wide, and 64” long. Each leaf is 24”. amd the top is 16”. It is built with 3/4” pine (the top and leaves are panels glued up using random width boards).

Each of the table leaves has a stiffener on the underside with a rabbet that receives the gate-leg. Each of the gate-legs has a barrel bolt that locks into the stiffener.

I used piano hinges to connect the leaves to the top and the gate-legs to the stiles.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#1 posted 04-29-2010 07:13 AM

A beautiful table! You did great job on it!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 04-29-2010 05:18 PM

Great idea, looks good too.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 04-29-2010 05:42 PM

Awesome little/medium/big table. I’m sure she loves it.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#4 posted 04-29-2010 07:16 PM

Great job!!! It looks like it will very well for her.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 04-30-2010 08:21 PM

Nice table.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#6 posted 05-02-2010 07:33 PM

great idea for a small room
and I like the way you have
used bolt lockers to stabilise
the table


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#7 posted 12-12-2012 12:57 AM

I need to build something similar – are there any plans available?

-- Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.

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#8 posted 12-12-2012 01:05 AM

Nope … just made it up as I went!


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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