Dual function table-ette

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Project by KnickKnack posted 04-19-2017 10:18 AM 1810 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I pretty much always eat dinner on our laps, and since the day I finished my Jenga Stool I’ve been using that to rest my plate. The problem, of course, is that our settee, like most settees, isn’t flat – so I had to have it tight against my tummy to keep the plate level – not an ideal solution. So a bespoke lap-table has been on my list for a very very long time, and I thought it was about time it bubbled to the surface.
I decided up front that, when the table wasn’t actually in use for eating, that it should be available as a “normal” table. That, of course, meant that it had to have 2 positions – one level, and one at an angle – so some form of mechanism for achieving that was required. As usual, finding an elegant solution to this took time – I came up with all kinds of ideas for “sliding this”, and “rotating that”, but i wasn’t really happy with any of them. So I sat and thought, and thought some more, and sat with a glass of wine, and a glass of port, and thought some more, and then this idea popped into my head…

Take a floating tabletop, and split the “float” into 2 in wedge form – simply by rotating the tabletop one has both level and angled. Ah, I was so pleased :-)
Then it was simply a matter of doing the work – it needed to be light for constant lifting up and down, and solid, so I picked 27mm pine and went with one of my favourite joints – the Rietveld joint – gluing it up is a challenge – even a part of a degree off on square and you’re in trouble. I have a significant number of (empty) wine cases, so that seemed like an interesting table top.
In case anyone is wondering – Campolargo is a pretty famous wine producer here in Portugal, and this is a really nice wine.

Only the top is finished with home-grown Danish oil – I like the white pine to stay white.

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#1 posted 04-19-2017 12:00 PM

Very nicely done.

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#2 posted 04-20-2017 01:10 AM


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#3 posted 04-20-2017 09:10 PM

Nice job KnickKnack & congratulations on making it to the top 3.

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