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Project by moshel posted 2277 days ago 4848 views 9 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife got a new overlocker for her b-day, and said that she now needs a big table to cut fabric on and sew. as we are going to move in a short while i wanted something that can be easily collapsed and moved. I ended up with trestle table design. The table legs are joined with biscuits (see the third picture for my cute quality assurance department). wood is radiata pine, 2×4. If you plan on building such table, take care to fortify the end of the tanon with dowels across the grain, as i was told that the wedge will eventually throws the wood if you don’t do that. the plate is MDF with Rimu edge and its glued to two 2×4 rails that goes into lapped joint (no glue in joint). I painted it with aerosol primer and paint, but i am not sure its hard enough. might have to coat it with poly or something . it takes a minute to collapse this table to 2 legs, one horizontal beam and plate with two rails.

the overall size of the plate is 180×100

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...





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Napaman

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#1 posted 2277 days ago

thanks for that 3rd picture…it is really clear on how to do this…I could see making a nice desk like this…I like desks with large flat work spaces…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 2276 days ago

Moshel,

This is a nice table. It certainly is a creative design. Judging by the smile it looks like it passed the quality assurance inspector’s rigid standards.

Well done. And thanks for the post.

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

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bbqking

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#3 posted 2276 days ago

Great table. My wife does the fabric thing, too. Good quality control, always important. However, the correct term is quick and easy, down and dirty. As always, bbqKing

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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GaryK

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#4 posted 2276 days ago

That looks very cool. It looks like you had to pry your little girl off of it to put the top on.

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

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Dan'um Style

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#5 posted 2276 days ago

I like the design.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Russel

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#6 posted 2276 days ago

Pretty neat table. A nice big work area and, apparently, it can double as training equipment for young gymnasts.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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moshel

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#7 posted 2276 days ago

these beams eventually were glued to the top, but I am sure I can cut some new ones should the need arise….
Bottom line – It took about 5 hours (or less – i think i can make one in 2h now) to build this table from dressed timber, which is very fast (well, you still have to wait for the glue to dry, but you can do all the gluing at once), so this design can work for anybody who needs a simple table in a hurry. the design is very good for sewing, because when working at the corners of the table you do not have the legs to get in the way.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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CharlieM1958

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#8 posted 2276 days ago

I really like the design. Is it your own?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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moshel

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#9 posted 2276 days ago

Charlie: Yes, although i just scribbled it on a page. if anyone is interested, I can post exact measurements or even try my skills at SU. BTW, my wife saw your signature and asked if it means that firewood+patience=woodworking…

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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jockmike2

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#10 posted 2276 days ago

Nice design and color. Good job. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Woodhacker

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#11 posted 2275 days ago

Great design, very functional.. Nice job.

-- Martin, Kansas

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CharlieM1958

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#12 posted 2275 days ago

LOL! I like the way your wife thinks. She is correct!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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kiwisharyn

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#13 posted 1907 days ago

Hi Moshel – hope you don’t mind if I steal this design – very practical!

-- ... must be time for a cup of tea and a sit-down

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moshel

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#14 posted 1907 days ago

no problem. everything i publish is stealable!

after a year in service it still holds well. no play in joints and no sag.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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