MAGIC TABLE, Come, the table is set and it is time to eat.

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Project by bushmaster posted 04-14-2018 03:18 AM 4931 views 7 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The challenge to design and build this table was inspired by a friend who sent me a video on facebook of a table made in Germany . I replied, I will make an all wood one and I was off to the races as spring had not arrived in the north, and still hasn’t.
I didn’t make a plan as I usually don’t. I knew one thing it needed to be 30 inches high to be standard. First thing to do was to make 5 separate boards for the top. I did reasoned they had to be less than 12 inches so the edges would not hit the floor, so half combined length would have to be less than than 30. I laminated them from thick hemlock scrap, cut into strip and glued together to give me edge grain.
The converting mechanism had me alittle stumped so I made one out of some sticks and short boards to see it there was any relationship with the distance between the tow rails. It worked so well i decided it made no difference what the spacing was. Then it was just build away with dimensions that looked good.
Can’t seem to find any pictures of me making the top but find some of the base. Its the hardest anyway as it requires strong joints. The upright was mortice and tenoned into the base piece, used lots of glue so cut some slots in the tenon with the bandsaw to give the extra glue somewhere to go rather than squirting out the top.

Even then I used tape around the joint to make it easier to clean up the glue

The other joints I was at a loss so gave multiple large biscuits a go,

Once that was done I put it upside down on the table, screwed to to the center board and attached the bottom rail. At this stage I used wood screws for pins as I was still not dead certain I had it right. Bravo it worked like a charm. Later the pins where replaced with wood pins for model cars for the top rail and bolts for the bottom rail. Here is some views of the finished mechanism.

Pins and locking pin

Underneath showing the bolts and lower brackets.

Those brackets are glued and screwed on once the boards are dry.

Setting up the spacing with blocks to drill holes for the bottom rail, I will mention the center to center hole spacing of the rails has to be the same as the width of the boards. and the holes into the ends of the boards are place near the edges.

Give it a go, you will end up with an interesting table that everyone else want and can’t buy. Your wife will be poud of your abilities. Actually it is a fairly easy project.

I gave it to the lady that sent me the picture, as you can see she loves it,

If you have looked at all these pictures I am sure you will want to see it in action. Go the the Utube vide0

Three parts, first part introduce it, and show how it work, second part I explain more how I built it and and building instructions, Part 3 the lady demonstrates it with dishes on it, you will want to see that.

Thanks for looking, hope someone builds one, I would feel honored. Comments are more that appreciated.
Happy sawdust making days.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 04-14-2018 04:02 AM

Although I’ve seen such table already, I can’t stope admire it! Extraordinary work indeed!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 04-14-2018 04:03 AM

That’s excellent configuration Brain and multipurpose…

Could that construction work on a larger table??

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#3 posted 04-14-2018 07:27 AM

vis a vie the PM

-- Mark

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#4 posted 04-14-2018 08:02 AM

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#5 posted 04-14-2018 08:08 AM

Impressive work, Brian! Very well thought and made!

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#6 posted 04-14-2018 08:32 AM

quite the undertaking and quite an impressive finish

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#7 posted 04-14-2018 10:25 AM

Woha, that’s great

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#8 posted 04-14-2018 11:20 AM

Wow, incredible! Do you have any plans to share for this? Thanks Andries

-- Andries - South Africa

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#9 posted 04-14-2018 01:11 PM

Thats a sweet table Brian

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#10 posted 04-14-2018 01:21 PM

Really neat design and nice work Brian. Looks like you have a very happy customer.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#11 posted 04-14-2018 01:35 PM

A really unique design.


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#12 posted 04-14-2018 04:52 PM

Very impressive —-”Table-MASTER”—- too!

It really does look great!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#13 posted 04-14-2018 05:31 PM

That is a great table, Brian. Nice work on it. Loved the process shots.
i’m thinking that would be great for craft 2 of for a vertical display and an table too!!

Thanks for posting. I may have to borrow it some day!!

cheers, Jim

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

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#14 posted 04-14-2018 06:26 PM

Neat idea!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#15 posted 04-15-2018 01:13 AM

Nice! I have seen the metal ones before. This is a nice all-wood extension of the concept. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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