Folding Table

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Project by doncutlip posted 11-06-2011 11:11 PM 1916 views 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I acutally built this table a few years ago to use in my other hobby. It’s not super sturdy, but it folds up nice and can be carried as shown in the 3rd picture. It’s all pine, and after these pix I stained it with tea (have to be period correct) and then waxed it. The last picture shows a small table I made earlier (I didnt’ make the chairs) out of poplar and finished with walnut oil. Poplar is funny, that little table came out great with the walnut oil but a box I made just came out awful.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#1 posted 11-07-2011 12:27 AM

nice little camper table :-)
I hope you made it with pure handtools from felling the tree to the end … to be period correct …... LOL
thank´s for the last picture too :-)


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#2 posted 11-08-2011 03:10 AM

That design is quite handy. I made a number of them years ago out of oak and found them VERY sturdy. I could put my entire weight (180#) on one with out a problem. Great gifts too.
One little detail that helps is to use a couple of wood dowel pins in the contact edge of the top to align the two halves when the table is set up. It helps keep the whole thing steadier by locking them together.
For a fancier version I made my pivot pins blind to the oustide view and screwed the stretchers on the legs from the under side, recessing the screws.. Routed detail on the edges of the top also improved the appearance.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 11-09-2011 03:38 AM

Thanks for the tip LesB, I’ll try that on my next one. Turns out the square one isn’t the best design come dinner time, a rectangle works better. Plus I want a different finish on the next one, something darker.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 11-09-2011 08:28 AM

Neat thing about this design is you can scale it to what ever size you want. I made some folding stools and have seen card table size.

-- Les B, Oregon

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