Folding Table for RV

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Project by TerryDowning posted 02-03-2016 04:17 PM 2541 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been quite some time since I have posted a completed project.

I have been busy with my new toy (A Keystone Cougar fifth wheel trailer)

And this project is for the new toy. I knew we would sometimes camp in locations that would not have a picnic table (at least not one that I would want to use) so I started searching for different folding table designs.

I have completed some other projects for the toy as well, just haven’t posted them. In the background of photo 1 are the Generator boxes I built to help quiet and secure my Yamaha Generators.

This is an amalgamation of several designs I found using googles searches and is very stable.

Wood is salvaged White Oak. Finish is 50/50 Minerals spirits and BLO with a couple coats of wax on top.

The only metal fasteners in this projects are 4 screws to mount the top to the frame. Aside from some ripping of boards using my shopsmith, all of the work is with hand tools.

Hope you enjoy it.

-- - Terry

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#1 posted 02-03-2016 04:33 PM

Beautiful finish work, Terry. That kind of project -one that fills a specific, very custom need- is the best! Well done.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#2 posted 02-03-2016 04:41 PM

Very nice Terry! It looks simple, functional, and compact. Perfect for the task at hand

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#3 posted 02-03-2016 05:24 PM

Hi Terry. Haven’t heard from you for a while.
Looks like a fine table and recycled wood makes it even better.
We have a couple of small outdoor end tables of that design and they work very well.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 02-03-2016 07:03 PM

Great for what you needed.
I have made many of these in various designs from camp stools to card table size. Except for their weight they are great tables. The center lock pin between the two halves of the tops is something that other people have missed and it makes a big difference in the stability side to side.

I would make one observation from your pictures. The legs should have a spread equal to the width of the top for more stability; especially if you are using them on uneven camp site locations.
Also I have had great success screwing the leg stretchers and the table top from the under side in counter sunk holes. They are not very visible that way but could still also be plugged as you have done, although I have found that after extensive use it is sometimes necessary to tighten the screws.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 02-03-2016 07:05 PM

Hi Terry I really really like this, do you have plans you can post or do you have a source for where we can find these plans? Really nice job, thanks a lot for posting.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#6 posted 02-03-2016 08:36 PM

Good project for the camp Terry. Nice handwork there too.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#7 posted 02-03-2016 08:49 PM

Thanks for all of the compliments.

We’ll see how it does on the next camp out (Next Weekend!!)

As to plans, just do a google search on folding tables I amalgamated several designs I saw. I rarely draw up or use formal plans. Projects are much more organic for me personally and I have never found a need to exactly replicate anything I have made. It’s a true hobby for me and I have no plans on replicating any of my projects or mass producing them.

LOML purchased a couple of small plastic folders similar in design to serve as end tables in the RV without me knowing. (Although with my current track record of project completion, this was probably a good idea for her) These are working great, but as Les said, the lack of pins between the mating top panels does make them more wiggly. I may make replacements for those. I have ideas on how to make the actual table a bit lighter as well.

-- - Terry

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#8 posted 02-03-2016 11:22 PM

Very nice, Terry !!!

Have you considered using Roto-Hinges. I’ve used them on a number of projects.
Lee Valley carries them in a number of sizes.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#9 posted 02-04-2016 01:59 AM

nice tables. I have also made some similar and they work great. nice job on reclaiming wood too.

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#10 posted 02-04-2016 09:49 AM

Hey, Terry, good to see you getting some shop time! Nice new toy you have there. Very handy table. I didn’t notice the pin until Les mentioned it. Roto hinges look very stealthy, John. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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