portable pop up table

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Project by Jeffery Mullen posted 03-17-2012 11:47 PM 2243 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a little pop up table I got in a garage sale some time ago and thought it would be a awesome thing to enlarge it to be the size of a TV tray table. This pop up portable table weighs about the same as a gallon of milk and can be used for hundreds of things, just to name a few a person could take it camping with them as it takes almost no room to pack along with camping gear. could be used in the living room to eat on at the couch while watching tv. a person could use it to put together a puzzle, take it to the beach at the ocean and keep your stuff high and dry. It could be used at craft fairs. I like to use it in my garage as a extra table to set my projects on when I am building stuff out of wood. This table is sturdy and can hold up to some weight put on it. I made this table out of kitchen cub bards from a contractor that was throwing them away and for the legs I used recycled boards from crates I used screws to hold it together in places and i used dowels for the movement parts. I try to use recycled wood when I can get it and run it through a planner to make it look better. Thanks for looking . Be blessed.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#1 posted 03-18-2012 12:55 AM

Nice job on that. You should get a lot of use from it.

-- - Martin

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#2 posted 03-18-2012 04:18 AM

Well done looks great!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 03-18-2012 02:55 PM

You did a fine job on the table. I’ve made a couple of those and I know they aren’t exactly easy to get right. On my larger one I put a couple of small blocks near the horizontal pieces to lock them in when the table is set up and keep the edges of the table top in line.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 03-18-2012 05:12 PM

You did a nice job; they are very handy.
I have made them from 12” stool size up to card table size. Their strength is incredible. I have put over 200 pounds on them with no problem.
A couple of things you might consider that improve the function and appearance.
First a dowel pin centered on the edge of the two meeting tops will lock them together laterally and make the table more stable and like Don’s idea above keeps the halfs aligned. For appearance sake installing the screws from the underside in recessed holes give a more finished appearance. Also I have routed ogee edges on the table top for fancy TV trays.
I noticed the spread on your legs seems a bit clos, For better stability I make mine must lightly less than the width of the top.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 03-19-2012 03:29 AM

That’s a cool little table, I need to make one of those, I am always looking for more places to lay stuff on when I am building, nice job.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#6 posted 03-22-2012 04:18 AM

This is my first and so I am going to improve on them . Thanks so much for the tips I will use them on the nicer ones I plan on selling. It is a challenge to put them together and make the edges in the middle line up.

-- Jeffery Mullen

#7 posted 05-22-2012 06:14 PM

Yep it is the same set up. If I didnt have to make them to fit with the chairs I would us a solid top it would be much faster to put together.

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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