|Project by hoss12992||posted 09-10-2013 02:36 AM||2334 views||10 times favorited||22 comments|
I did this project a couple years ago, but finally took pics today. My father was is a bad auto accident a couple years ago, and was left with serious mobility issues and also having to use a life chair to sit in. Actually he spends all of his time in this chair if he is not in bed.
The TV trays and all were a real pain in the arse each time he needed to get up, especially if he need to get up to go to bathroom in a hurry, and they didnt fit him very well. So I came up with this.
First, the base frame is made from black 1” pipe from Home Depot. Simple enough and not much cost. It wraps around the base of the chair so its VERY stable and the table does not wobble or anything when in use or swinging it out of the way. With the chair in its proper place, you never notice the frame at all.
I came up with the table portion of it to suit my father’s needs, being able to have a dinner plate and glass of tea with room for his remotes, etc. Its made from curly maple with tung oil and poly finish on it. I did make some bumper strips to go around the edges so nothing was likely to be knocked off as easily. Also is a drink or something is spilled, it dont just run all over my father or the floor. Really durable and has held up great for the past 2 years with constant use.
Then I went to my scrap pile to get the metal to build the underneath frame for the table. 2 lawnmower blades, some square stock and flat bar and a short piece of 1/2” pipe to slide into the base frame, and BAM! I did put a little grease on the 1/2” pipe so it would swivel really smoothly. It took a couple of times of mounting the table frame to the table and having Dad sit in his chair, then pulling the frame off, and either trimming a little on the pipe or going to the forge to tweak the angle of the pipe to get it just the right height and angle
The table top just slides into or out of the base frame and works great. This unit is a bit heavier than the run of the mill TV trays, but is super stable and really durable. The majority of the weight is in the base frame. Thanks for taking the time to look and appreciate any and all feedback. This project turned out alright
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