Adirondack Side Table

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Project by djc4990 posted 03-29-2014 12:52 AM 1651 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Quick side table for a customer who couldnt find what they wanted made out of wood. She had a picture of one she like in plastic but couldnt find anything similar in wood. Came out pretty good and is very sturdy. i wish i would have used smaller bolts as the 1/2” carriage bolts i used for the pivoting legs were a bit overkill. Made of pine and left unfisnished for the customer to stain. She was overjoyed when i gave it to her

-- I don't always have soft hands....but when I do its because I just left the woodshop.

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#1 posted 03-29-2014 04:29 PM

I’m sure the customer was pleased with you good work.
A suggestion for the bolt problem. Why not use wood dowels? Glue the dowel in the outside legs (you can use a finishing nail to secure it if you Like) and leave it free to rotate on the inside legs. I have made similar tables using a design where the top is made in two parts that come apart when folded and the dowels have worked well for pivoting the top too.

What is the cut out in the leg stretchers for?

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 03-29-2014 10:29 PM

it was the first time for me building anything that moves like that so i naturally just assumed bolt with lock nut…how does the wooden dowel work…i feel like the inside legs would try to come off of it with time but it would give it a much cleaner look..i built it off the picture so i imagine the table folded up to be smaller than mine…i just tried to mirror that

-- I don't always have soft hands....but when I do its because I just left the woodshop.

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#3 posted 04-02-2014 03:59 PM

That’s one great and handy side table. Like that it folds. Great job!

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#4 posted 04-11-2014 05:29 PM

Sorry I didn’t get back earlier.
The dowel would either go all the way across and only be glued to the outside legs. Although I think a short dowel joining just the pair of legs would stay in position because the stretcher at the bottom of the legs and the connection at the top would keep they spread apart.
Here is another method of building this type of table that I think is a superior design. I have made many tables similar and it is very strong and durable. Made of Oak they support over 200 pounds of weight. Search around the internet and you can find plans. The design works from small stools to card table size.

-- Les B, Oregon

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