Folding gate leg table

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Project by idahoboy posted 10-03-2014 05:41 PM 1774 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years ago I had the good fortune to tour Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello. In the dining room I noticed a pair of folded serving tables leaning against the wall and was quite taken by their construction and functionality. I researched the table on their website but although many of the furniture pieces there are documented, this table was not. So…. I designed my own based on what I remembered from the tour.

I made two of the tables, one for each kid. One is solid cherry and the other is ambrosia maple. Both trees came from my wife’s aunt’s yard in Pennsylvania. The sides of the top are hinged on the two fixed legs and the other two legs are “gate” legs that are hinged on the center beam. The whole thing folds up to be fairly thin and easy to store. embedded in the top of the main beam are two strap handles for carrying. It is all 3/4” material so they end up being a little on the heavy side compared to a common card table. These really come in handy for large dinners like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The finish is my old standard, polyurethane.

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#1 posted 10-03-2014 06:35 PM

That table is stunning. Nice work.

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#2 posted 10-04-2014 09:16 AM

Looks great. How exactly do they fold?

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#3 posted 10-05-2014 07:03 PM

Great looking table. Love the ambrosia!

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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