Folding tables

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Project by dbray45 posted 10-21-2010 02:51 PM 1673 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a number of pieces of oak that were the center of the tree, split, or had a lot of knots (common) that were occupying valuable space in my stock pile. My daughter, who is in a wheelchair, told my wife that when she goes goes on a picnic, it is difficult without a table. Timing is everything—time to make a light wieght folding table that she can take anywhere. After a couple of iterations, this is what came out of it. One table that is not shown has a solid oak top. This is one of those projects that takes advantage of those off boards because of the small pieces.

The only hardware used are the screws to secure the slats, everthing else is wood. These were fun to make and make great gifts. Because of their construction, they can be made in any size.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#1 posted 10-21-2010 03:31 PM

Interesting design. Would be nice to see a photo of the underside. How sturdy is it? Looks like a beautiful table.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 10-21-2010 03:50 PM

The larger table, for my daughter, has a little wobble because I could not put the braces at the bottom – her feet go there. The others are amazingly stable. On one side there are 2 – 1/2” dowels that the legs fit into and on dowel on the other side that hold the legs and rest in 2 wooden cleats or hooks. The tops, in this design, is easily removed and for folding. I will have to take a picture of it.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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