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Project by Mark55 posted 639 days ago 2286 views 24 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a friend that has one of those chairs that you lay back into in almost in a reclining position. She loves it but her only complaint was she said it was awkward to eat snacks or do anything from the original side table she had. So I built this simple side stand. It has a book holder on the bottom and a drawer facing the chair with a top that swivels right over her chair.

-- Mark, Newton, NC. www.routermillwoodworks.weebly.com





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SuburbanDon

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#1 posted 639 days ago

This is really cool. I never thought of anything like this. Nice job.

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#2 posted 638 days ago

Really nice. How did you design he swivel part of it so that it remains fairly stable?

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Puffin

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#3 posted 638 days ago

Great idea!. I have the same question as Oldtool, I’m curious about the swivel, as well.

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#4 posted 638 days ago

Very nice….. Lazy susan??? I bet she loves this now….

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Mark55

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#5 posted 638 days ago

Thanks for the interest and thumbs up on design.
Oldtool and puffin. I did a quick drawing to give you an idea of how I did it.

To try to explain it, the swivel part of the table consists of 2 layers of 3/4” hardwood. Between the 2 layers there is a 1/2” carriage bolt pinned between them and then the the bottom is screwed on to the top piece from underneath. You have to make a little indentation to the underside of the top piece where the carriage bolt head sticks up.
I had to come up with something to prevent the top of the base and the bottom of the table top from rubbing together and wearing it out. So I cut a piece of laminate I had laying around into the biggest circle washer I could with out it showing ( about 12”). Then I placed it between the 2 surfaces with the smooth side up and smeared Vaseline on the smooth side. Then put the whole thing together and tighten it down enough so it will stay where you put it but still will swivel. It is amazingly sturdy and if it ever loosens up just tighten it up from underneath. The laminate was the key it helped hold it up on the front side to so the wood wouldn’t rub on itself.

I hope this makes sense if you have any questions let me know.

drawing

-- Mark, Newton, NC. www.routermillwoodworks.weebly.com

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Jim55

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#6 posted 638 days ago

WoW! Really well thought out, built & useful! I showed this to my wife and she wants one! “Mom” (the wife) & I both have recliners and both could benefit by one of these. I foresee a couple in my near woodworking future. (After getting my shop together.)

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#7 posted 638 days ago

Mark, I like your design very much. It solves a problem I have been wrestling with for a while. Conventional TV trays are awkward especially if you are in a partially reclining position. Your design solves that problem. Thanks for sharing it with us!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Mark55

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#8 posted 638 days ago

Jim and luv2learn. Just make sure you post a picture if you build one.

-- Mark, Newton, NC. www.routermillwoodworks.weebly.com

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#9 posted 638 days ago

interesting idea and well built

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Paulo in Texas

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#10 posted 637 days ago

This is a great idea and thanks for sharing your drawing.

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