|Forum topic by Sunstealer73||posted 04-04-2014 09:06 PM||1244 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
04-04-2014 09:06 PM
My wife has asked me to build a folding craft table that will match our existing furniture in both the office and living room. I looked at the commercial folding leg hardware and was not too impressed. The reviews seem to indicate that the locks are easily broken. I also looked at a few plans that seemed to work OK, but looked flimsy to me. I decided to try and come up with my own design.
What I came up with is to run a dowel between the aprons on each side. The legs would each have a hole bored all the way through and just slightly larger than the dowel so that they pivot on it easily. The legs would have a threaded insert below the dowel. A custom-made knob with a bolt glued in would go through the apron and thread into the insert to lock the leg in the open position. When you need to collapse it down, you unscrew the four bolts, pivot the legs up (sliding one on the dowel so all four can fold flat) and use a lock on the bottom of the table to keep them closed.
I mocked it up really quickly with some scrap and it works well and seems really strong. In all the photos, imagine the scrap plywood as the apron, the oak 2×4 as the leg, and the drywall screw as the threaded knob. The dowel would not be drilled through to the outside on the actual project of course.
Locked open position:
From the inside, dowel would run apron to apron:
Unlocked and folded:
The top will be plywood faced with laminate for ease of cleanup.