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Project by FJPetruso posted 2345 days ago 2185 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found the idea for this idea at a re-enactment. A participant was using an original folding sewing table that was made sometime after 1850 for a camp table. The original had a ruler painted on top of one of the long sides & an oak slat as a retaining spring. It also had simple round tapered legs. I went to Lowes & bought some ballisters to use as legs & mortised them to the cross brace. Another thng I added was a full apron instead of just end aprons that only supported the legs while open. By adding the full apron the table was strengthened & has no sag with heavy camp or shooting boxes on it.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"





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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 2345 days ago

Hi Frank,

This is both an interesting and useful project. It would be light enough to move around and then folds up when finished to free up some room or store it. Nice.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 2345 days ago

That’s a really nice little table!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 2345 days ago

This is pretty neat. It does look quite sturdy.

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#4 posted 558 days ago

any chance there are any pictures of the old one?

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FJPetruso

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#5 posted 557 days ago

With the exception of the side aprons ( the end aprons act as stops for the leg assemblies ) & the little bit of beading on the turned legs, this folding table is constructed just as the original was. The side aprons eliminated any sag in the table from having a heavy item setting on it.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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