Small folding table

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Project by Navig8r posted 08-20-2011 12:53 PM 5568 views 12 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine had a small folding table that I liked, and I thought would be a fun project. I took his table from him after a camping trip, without him knowing, to take apart and use as or make templates from. A year later (these things always seem to get done later than planned, right?) I went to his house and told him to come outside, I needed to talk to him. I asked him if he was missing anything, and he said no… (he hadn’t noticed it was gone, because he had another like it.) I then told him that, a year ago, I took his table to make templates of, and, unfortunately, it did not survive the process…. I told him I whipped up a replacement for him, and I hoped it was acceptable, then walked him around to the other side of my car where I had the table new table sitting. Needless to say, he’s quite happy with the replacement!!
He is always the chef on camping outings, and a darn good one, so on the bottom, I wrote “Thanks for always keeping me well fed”

Mostly made from what was lying around the shop…. Black walnut, maple, mahogany(I think), and oak. Much of this was from old pallets and such. I did purchase a small amount of poplar, and the dowel for the handle, as well as all the hardware (all stainless)

Finished with 3 coats of Minwax sprayed on Helmsman, Semi-gloss.
First pic is finished product, second is finished product, folded….third is before the poly, last pic is the old one I relpaced.
Any comments are appreciated, thanks for givin’ it a look!!

-- ~ T.J. Hudson Valley, NY. It's all fun & games until somebody loses an eye!

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#1 posted 08-20-2011 02:27 PM

Very nice. I’d be afraid to use it!!.........Jim

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

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#2 posted 08-20-2011 02:32 PM

Wow, thats great. You did a really nice job. I’d sure like to see a plan for that one. I’d like to build a couple of those.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 08-20-2011 02:33 PM

Could you post more pictures showing how it’s put together?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 08-20-2011 02:57 PM

Thanks for the comments!!
I really want to put together plans/instructions/templates in an organized fashion, for my own use….. If I get the time, I’ll certainly share.
It’s actually very simple in the sense that there are 4 table top support pieces, 4 legs, 14 ‘slats’ (with 4 being shorter length, and a short length of 1 1/4” dowel.
So the cuts are not bad, because it’s 4 of one piece, and 4 of another. I cut the legs long, but all the same initially, and cut the finished angle last, after assembly.

Hardware consists of 6 bolts, 6 tee-nuts, a handful of washers (flat and fender) and 28 pan-head #8 screws. I used my stepped pocket hole bit, in the press with the depth stop set, to create pilots for the screws holding the slats on, and they are glued with TBIII as well. I countersunk button head bolts and tee-nuts for the pivots, as all the legs and supports sit alongside each other when folded, and cannot have any protruding hardware. On final assembly, I used loctite red so nothing will work loose with use.

If I can, I will post a blog in the future when I build the next one.

-- ~ T.J. Hudson Valley, NY. It's all fun & games until somebody loses an eye!

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#5 posted 08-20-2011 03:01 PM

Thanks for the quick response, Nav. Hope you get to do your blog soon. I’d really like to see the “how to” on that table. You did a great job. Hats off to you

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#6 posted 08-20-2011 03:57 PM

This post is an uncanny coincidence. Your folding table is in this months issue of Popular woodworking magazine. You can get the plans for it there under the I can do that section. I was wondering what it would look like done, very nice. In hind sight if you had known to wait a year for the issue to come out you wouldn’t have had to steal his table LOL.

-- Lotidus

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#7 posted 08-20-2011 04:40 PM

Popular Woodworking is calling theirs a Portuguese Table. Scroll down in this link to see their take.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#8 posted 08-20-2011 07:30 PM

Looks great.I also made one of these,it drove me crazy :P

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#9 posted 08-21-2011 02:34 AM

FYI : This table is actually the same design as the one in Stevemarin’s blog. The only deference is his is step stool, but you can build this in any dimension you like. Just adjust all the measurement according to the size that you want. I built a table size and bench size already. Here is Stevenmarin’s blog>>

-- blackivory69

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#10 posted 08-21-2011 04:20 AM

Very nice camp stool. When I wasa kid I was an avid fisherman and my grandfather who was a cabinet maker made me one very similar in design to take fishing. Brings back old memories. Thanks for posting. I will have to build one of these and get back into fishing

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#11 posted 08-22-2011 12:19 AM

God one! I did a similar one a few months ago using palletwood (and of course a dowel and a few bolts) but yours has way more class and convenience.
We should create a Guild of the Palletwood Table Builders, or something ;)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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