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Collapsible Display tables for Farmers Market

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Project by ZLSBOARDWORKS posted 810 days ago 3262 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After a long look at a bunch of different blogs I found there isn’t much out there on collapsible tables. I found tables with legs that folded up, but I didn’t find any tables that folded in half and had the base collapse, except for the plastic ones you can by for $45 dollars a table at home depot or target. I don’t have that kind of money to spend on one table, so I decided to make them myself. At first I had a particular design in mind after a failed attempt I had to reevaluate, so I started over, did that a couple of times. Had a problem with the center of the table not being able to hold weight, It caved in on each design that I tried, until this last one. After all materials where bought I had only spent $65, with two sheets of Luann and a bunch of 2×4 I made 3 tables, two 6’ x 32” and one 2’ x 8’. I needed to make these new tables for use at a farmers market I have become a vendor at. I was using a 7 foot door and a set of saw horses along with a 5 foot IKEA table. Putting everything in the car was a real pain.The loading and unloading process takes forever and the car just becomes overloaded. The new tables are collapsible they fold at the center and the legs fold up in the table after break down. During the construction process I tried various designs for stability and how compact I could make them. To make the table strong I used half laps for all the joints. I also half lapped the cross member joints, it makes for easy assembly. I also made a groove in the center of the cross member so that the center of the table could lock into place. As you can see in the pictures I used a yoga mat sling to hold my four 4 foot cross members together. I found that this design suited all my needs, its compact and is nice and sturdy. Ideally I would have liked everything to have fit inside the table, but this is the best I could come up with, without losing the integrity of the table.I will be putting handles on them soon, I tried to finish them before the market tomorrow but I guess I can deal for one time. Let me know what you think. Thanks Zachary L Swain
www.zlsboardworks.com

-- Zach @ http://www.zlsboardworks.com





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bowtie

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#1 posted 809 days ago

Zach, I have been wanting to build some tables for camping that would fit in a canoe and your design is a breakthrough, I was stuck on a folding idea that I knew would be too weak and bulky. Thanks for opening my eyes.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru.... cccedar.com

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jaykaypur

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#2 posted 809 days ago

Nice design and I am sure it saves you a lot of room and is a lot easier to put up/down. Good job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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IndianJoe

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#3 posted 809 days ago

love them nicer then the one I made long time a go

-- Nimkee** Joe

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doncutlip

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#4 posted 809 days ago

Great idea

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 809 days ago

Creative idea

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Steve Esterby

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#6 posted 809 days ago

very cool. Could almost see your brain tickin.

-- steve...e-mail-themantelshop@hotmail.com........remember,the best teacher is repetition.

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kokaneesailor

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#7 posted 809 days ago

That’s pretty awesome.

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SteveMI

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#8 posted 808 days ago

Two other downsides to the plastic tables are that they are heavy and you have no option on the size. It would be good to have the tables more specific to the vehicle you are moving them in and it would make the set up of the booth space more flexible. Good idea.

Steve.

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Martyroc

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#9 posted 808 days ago

That’s great, I could probably use one those myself

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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AngieO

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#10 posted 740 days ago

I like these. And $65 for 3 is much nicer than $45 a piece.

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