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Project by lightweightladylefty posted 1150 days ago 2417 views 7 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last month I was blessed to be able to serve my parents for three weeks while Mom recuperated from a broken clavicle and leg. During that time, my brother's health continued to decline. I had seen a tray table which I thought that he might be able to use, so when I returned home I drew up a SketchUp plan. Once I had the table for Mom nearly complete, I began his table.

I wanted to keep the table lightweight, so I used some poplar (bigtooth/sawtooth aspen) milled off our property. I didn’t take as much time as I should have to find clear boards which would be sufficient to cut the top in a continuous grain ;-(.

While I was working on it, I emailed a friend and she asked what verse I would be engraving on it. Why hadn’t I thought of that? I added Romans 8:28 which has always been a comfort to me, knowing that God is in control, desiring the best for His children, even when we don’t understand what is happening and why.

It was much easier woodburning the lettering in the poplar than in the lauan plywood drawer bottom. I wanted to add a little color and had to do some experimenting to get a somewhat transparent color. I stained and varnished the top first, then added the color, and last sprayed several clear coats.

I didn’t know what I would use to hold up the top. I didn’t think a clothes hanger would be heavy enough. As I looked around the shop, I saw a metal piece I had removed from a portable heater (yes, I know, you’re saying, “What a pack-rat!”). It was exactly the correct size and I just had to straighten out a bend in either end of it. God is good!

The legs were made to swivel on short pieces of metal (sawed off from a 10-penny nail). (I forgot to take a picture of the table in the closed position before I gave it to my brother.)

I was able to finish this table, as well as Mom’s, in about two weeks, which is really quick work for such an old lady! At least my husband was impressed with my speed!

Thanks for taking a look.

UPDATE: I have posted a blog with measured drawings and instructions for construction.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.





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shipwright

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#1 posted 1150 days ago

Nice work and resourceful too.
Best wishes to your family.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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cwdance1

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#2 posted 1150 days ago

Very nice, going to make me one someday.
Great job

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Bearpaw

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#3 posted 1150 days ago

And my wife wonders why I never throw thing out. You never know. Prov. 4:23

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 1150 days ago

I love it! Very creative and artistic. Recycling parts on your projects takes good engineering!!
Thanks for sharing and I hope your mother and brother are improving! We’ll be praying for your family!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Donna Menke

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#5 posted 1150 days ago

Excellent design- and construction- and in 2 weeks! Right down to the wood burning- this is a gem of a project, and you should be very proud of your work. It would be interesting to see your plans- if you wish to share them.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 1150 days ago

WOW! That is one very nice tray table. You are a very talented Lady. I hope your family gets well soon.

-- Dennis Zongker

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SgtSnafu

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#7 posted 1150 days ago

Very nice job and design – It turned out really well.

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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lightweightladylefty

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#8 posted 1150 days ago

Thanks to everyone for your kind comments.

Donna, I’d be happy to share the SketchUp file with anyone who wants it. I’m still at my folks now and don’t have the file here for the tray, but I’ll try to get to the library when I get home to download it on high-speed. Just send me a PM if you’d like the SketchUp file. I could make a pdf of the verse and border, too, if anyone is interested.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Donna Menke

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#9 posted 1150 days ago

If it is just the exterior view I could probably get that info from the photos. For me to tackle a project like that I’d need scale drawings- which I guess you did not need. Where/when/how did you learn woodworking?

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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lightweightladylefty

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#10 posted 1150 days ago

Donna,

The SketchUp file has all the parts, etc. with sizes shown. If you don’t use SketchUp, I could convert the individual scenes to pdf, and then you could use that. If you want them, let me know.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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LittlePaw

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#11 posted 1150 days ago

From one pack rat to nother, Well done! My shop keep getting fuller and fuller . . . well, someday . . . maybe. Your table support was so well made, I thought you ordered it from a catalog?!? Sounds like you had a lot of fun making both projects, LWLL!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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NaFianna

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#12 posted 1150 days ago

Wow! Well done. I have been putting plans together to make one for my wife and you have given me some great ideas. I was kind of stuck on the legs and was giving up on having folding ones but yours work beautifully. I too would love to see some dimensions.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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Donna Menke

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#13 posted 1150 days ago

I’ll bet there are a number of people here who would love to see, and possibly use, your plans. If you put them in PDF format then we could all share in your talent. That would be swell- tia.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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lightweightladylefty

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#14 posted 1149 days ago

To anyone who would like the plans in pdf:
We just got back from helping my folks again so if you can give me a couple of days to get caught up, I’ll post them. Do you think I should post them in this section, or should I put them into a blog?

Thanks for your interest.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Donna Menke

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#15 posted 1149 days ago

I don’t know what way would be best- but maybe a blog would be easiest. Just let us know here when and where. Thanks!

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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