Swivel Table

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Project by hoss12992 posted 09-10-2013 02:36 AM 3006 views 10 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did this project a couple years ago, but finally took pics today. My father was is a bad auto accident a couple years ago, and was left with serious mobility issues and also having to use a life chair to sit in. Actually he spends all of his time in this chair if he is not in bed.

The TV trays and all were a real pain in the arse each time he needed to get up, especially if he need to get up to go to bathroom in a hurry, and they didnt fit him very well. So I came up with this.

First, the base frame is made from black 1” pipe from Home Depot. Simple enough and not much cost. It wraps around the base of the chair so its VERY stable and the table does not wobble or anything when in use or swinging it out of the way. With the chair in its proper place, you never notice the frame at all.

I came up with the table portion of it to suit my father’s needs, being able to have a dinner plate and glass of tea with room for his remotes, etc. Its made from curly maple with tung oil and poly finish on it. I did make some bumper strips to go around the edges so nothing was likely to be knocked off as easily. Also is a drink or something is spilled, it dont just run all over my father or the floor. Really durable and has held up great for the past 2 years with constant use.

Then I went to my scrap pile to get the metal to build the underneath frame for the table. 2 lawnmower blades, some square stock and flat bar and a short piece of 1/2” pipe to slide into the base frame, and BAM! I did put a little grease on the 1/2” pipe so it would swivel really smoothly. It took a couple of times of mounting the table frame to the table and having Dad sit in his chair, then pulling the frame off, and either trimming a little on the pipe or going to the forge to tweak the angle of the pipe to get it just the right height and angle

The table top just slides into or out of the base frame and works great. This unit is a bit heavier than the run of the mill TV trays, but is super stable and really durable. The majority of the weight is in the base frame. Thanks for taking the time to look and appreciate any and all feedback. This project turned out alright

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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Izzy Swan

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#1 posted 09-10-2013 02:39 AM

Two thumbs up!

-- Izzy Swan - A Creative Thinkers approach to Woodworking

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#2 posted 09-10-2013 02:50 AM

Very well thought out. Great job.

Best wishes to your dad.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 09-10-2013 03:34 AM

Good old American ingenuity at its finest. Job well done, sir. I’m sure your Dad really appreciates your talents.

-- Tony, Colorado, [email protected]

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#4 posted 09-10-2013 03:52 AM

Thanks yall. Dad was def surprised to say the least

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 09-10-2013 04:19 AM

Great design and unless you move the chair can’t see it

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 09-10-2013 08:52 AM

You know, with allot of us “Baby Boomers” coming of age, your tables might be i big demand…you should market them…or at least sell patterns.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#7 posted 09-10-2013 08:57 AM

This awesome, We could all ise one of these.. Hope he’s doing better! Well done….

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

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#8 posted 09-10-2013 09:31 AM

SUPER JOB! Buddy, ya done another good ‘en. I’m quite certain he enjoys the spaciousness.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#9 posted 09-10-2013 11:07 AM

Nice job!

If knocking drinks over is an ongoing issue, you can get cup holders for boats/RVs that sit in holes drilled into top like below.

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#10 posted 09-10-2013 11:48 AM

Great idea, hotbyte! Also a very nice looking motor home interior.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#11 posted 09-10-2013 11:51 AM

Not mine though…I linked image from Google. Our motor home is similar layout with couch/dinette in slide but more typical”RV” look took. And, our table doesn’t have the cup holders, yet. A project I’ve been meaning to do :)

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#12 posted 09-10-2013 12:28 PM

Great Job! That looks really top notch. Great access points and great choice of the wood.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#13 posted 09-10-2013 08:09 PM

A great solution to a great need. Good job Hoss!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#14 posted 09-10-2013 11:02 PM

A very fine, worthy and functional project. I suspect there could be a lot more of these needed out there.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#15 posted 09-11-2013 12:10 AM

What a cool and functional design. And the curly maple adds a lot of class.

I thought I was the only one who recycles worn out mower blades! You are definitely my kind of guy!

Better than “alright”.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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