Tray table ended in a Lift coffee table

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Project by fernandoindia posted 08-13-2010 04:38 AM 3322 views 21 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was copying a teak tray table we have, to practice.

Made with some treated pine leftovers from a pool deck I built.

I made the jig for a grated top. The rest of it nothing fancy, a learned a lot through continuing mistakes. That´s life.

Total wood cost was not more than $ 5. But the plan called for brass hinges to fix the handles. And 8 hinges would amount to $120. So I decide not to put good money over bad one, and change the tray table, to a lift coffe table. Lift hardware would also cost $100, so I finally made the lift with four pieces of wood screwed to the base and the top.

Frankly is quite popular at home. I´ve been requested to built a lot of them, since laptops have replaced desks PCs. (Not planning to sell internet yet, just kidding)

Thanks for viewing

-- Back home. Fernando

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#1 posted 08-13-2010 04:48 AM

sweet work there , fernando .

and you found a way around the cost of all that hardware !

well done .

so the next better one by morning coffee , LOL ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 08-13-2010 04:49 AM

Hi Fern,

How do you like working with treated pine?
Good idea to make a prototype out of cheaper materials to iron out the bugs.

Thanks for posting jb

-- Playing with wood and metal for the last 50 years, driving and building Land Cruisers for the last 40. Experience is what you get when you don't know what you are doing.

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#3 posted 08-13-2010 05:18 AM

Nice looking bit of kit..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 08-13-2010 05:34 AM

Hi Patron, the problem is that my sons are requesting not only the brass hinges, but a teak table !! $35 a BF.

JB, I cut all the treated pine in the garden (10° Celsius) Soft indeed. I built a deck out of that wood, which I expect to last 4/5 years.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#5 posted 08-13-2010 06:41 AM

That is trick!! I like it! Great job. Consider it stolen, but not sure when I will get around to making one :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 08-13-2010 02:14 PM

That is a really nice job on the table. I love the weave you produced with the jig. Can you show us a picture of the jig to make the grate?

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 08-14-2010 01:20 PM

awesome! i have been thinking about making myself one aswell.
and maybe make some for selling, the ones you see in stores are incredibly expensive.

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#8 posted 02-19-2012 01:48 AM

Though I best say ‘hi’ – I love this forum, it’s grand!

Lots to learn, I have been reading through old posts, picking up tips for boat building.
(Unshackled by knowledge or skill, I have embarked on building a 26’ put-put boat.)

Thanks to all who have shared their time and experience, already have avoided some pitfalls from what I learnt here!

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