Folding Snack Trays

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Project by dhg posted 02-09-2009 09:04 PM 2654 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some of you might recognize these tables or even have one like I do…..but it’s in plastic! A few years ago, shortly after I was married, I was sitting on my front porch and looked toward one end of the porch and saw a green plastic table and thought, “that’s not mine it must have come from my wife. I’ll bet I can make one of those…” After looking it over, seeing how it worked and looking for any infringement marks I figured yep, it can be done.

I made my “prototype” out of some pine that I had laying around. While making the proto, I also made templates for the top out of MDF for future use and soon realized that to make these things, I’m going to have to make a fixture at the same time to keep everything square and repeatable. It took awhile but it seems to work pretty well and made some adjustments to it while make the shown tables. It takes 8 – 3/4” roto-hinges to make them work. The top pieces and leg supports are 5/8” thick. Legs and top supports are 3/4”. I secured the top from underneath so no fasteners are visible.

The above tables were a wedding present for one of my nieces and are made out of red oak and yes i know it’s not the best wood for outdoor furniture but I finished them with a couple of coats of penofin penetrating oil. I told my niece and her new hubby not to just let them stay outside all the time, but treat them as you would some nice outdoor cushions, bring them in when not in use. They went over pretty well.

-- Talent on Loan from God - Rush Limbaugh

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#1 posted 02-09-2009 10:16 PM

They look great.

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#2 posted 02-10-2009 12:11 PM

that’s nice looks very sturdy

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#3 posted 09-08-2009 03:52 AM

I have one of the plastic version of these on my boat! Very nice. I think I saw something like this in an issue of a woodworking mag that had mission coffee/end table plans in it. I might have to make some out of teak. I don’t suppose you’ve made up plans, have you? Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, hmmm, hmmm…

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#4 posted 09-08-2009 04:22 AM

Very nice trays

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#5 posted 09-08-2009 02:45 PM

Well Captain, I’m afraid that I don’t have any plans other than some sketches and templates that I made from the plastic one as well as a fixture to keep the top spaced correctly.

If I did have plans I’d be more than happy so send them along. If you have any questions about making them let me know.

-- Talent on Loan from God - Rush Limbaugh

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