Camper Table/Arm Rest

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Project by klipper posted 05-03-2011 06:42 PM 2649 views 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

The Midland County Salvation Army Emergency Communications Vehicle is basically a camper fitted with radios and antennas for emergency communications. The communications vehicle is outfitted by the Midland Amateur Radio Club, another of my too many hobbies. So they asked if I could come up with a table that could be moved out of the way when not needed, but be able to support a laptop computer, someone typing on it and some additional space for paperwork.

I decided to make it an arm rest when it was retracted, which turned out to be a nice feature. When retracted the table is held in place by a leather strap with a snap so it doesn’t slide out while driving down the road. The drawer slides allow it to extend forward in front of the bench seat. The table top is then lifted vertically, until the pivot pins reach the top and then it is tilted over in place. As it is tilted over the outboard, hinged leg swings down and into position. I put a laminate top on it since it was going to be taking a beating with use as a writing table and a catch for spilled coffee.

The drawer slides proved to be too flexible. I recently replaced them with 3 piece hickory slides that I also fabricated. I had not made a slide like that before but it was interesting to figure out where to put the stop pins, since they are hidden once installed, as are the mounting screws. The new slides are working wonderfully. I forgot to take some pictures of the new slides before I installed them. The next time I get out to the communications van I will take a few more pics showing the slides.

-- Best Regards, Dennis

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#1 posted 05-03-2011 07:17 PM

Nice table. Very practical.

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

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