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A FOLD-AWAY TABLE

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The sizes given here are for a one by two metre table suitable as a cutting table for a sewing area. The table can easily be adapted to serve as a breakfast bar or any other working surface you may require.

For an ideal cutting table you will need:

Wood

2 / 50 x 50 x 780 PAR solid wood for legs
1 / 30 x 75 x 2000 PAR solid wood for front reinforcement
1 / 20 x 20 x 2000 PAR solid wood batten
2 / 50 x 50 x 1800 PAR solid wood battens
1 / 50 x 50 x 2000 PAR solid wood batten
1 / 25 x 50 x 2000 PAR solid wood leg cross-piece
1 / 20 x 1000 x 2000 block board, supawood or chip board
2 / 20 x 100 x 180 PAR solid wood for shelf brackets
1 / 20 x 200 x 2140 PAR solid wood for top shelf

Hardware

2000 mm piano hinge and screws to fit
2 / 200 mm furniture folding stays and screws to fit
2 / 38 mm back flap hinges and screws to fit
2 small barrel bolts and screws to fit
4 / 4 x 40 mm CSK wood screws for fastening leg cross-piece
10 / 4 x 30 mm CSK wood screws for shelf and brackets
12 / 8 x 120 nail-in anchors
4 / 6 x 55 nail-in anchors

Other necessities

Sandpaper
Sanding sealer
Varnish or paint
Turpentine

Tools required

Drill
Long 8mm masonry bit
8 mm HSS drill bit or auger
Hammer
Saw
Chisels
Screwdrivers
Measuring tape or carpenters rule
Spirit level
Plane, rasp or coarse file
Paint brush

Method

  1. Decide on the face and front edge of the wood and mark accordingly (see Mark and Measure).


  2. Drill four evenly spaced 8 mm holes in each of the 1800 mm wall battens starting and ending about 150 mm from the ends.


  3. With 8mm nail-in anchors fix these wall battens to the wall 2000 mm apart. Use the spirit level to ensure that they are perpendicular.


  4. With 8 mm nail-in fix the 2000 mm wall batten anchors horizontally between the two uprights exactly 780mm from the floor.


  5. Fix the 20 x 20 x 2000 mm batten horizontally to the wall on top of the previous batten.


  6. Fix the brackets to the outsides of the uprights, against the wall and with the tops level with the tops of the uprights using two screws for each bracket.


  7. Place the shelf on top and screw down with three screws on each side.


  8. Frame fitted to the wall

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  9. Glue and nail the reinforcing strip to the front underside of the table.


  10. To give clearance for folding, round the opposite edge on the underside of the table top with a rough file, rasp or plane.


  11. Screw the piano hinge to the back edge of the table top. If you are using chipboard dip each screw in a little wood glue or use special chipboard screws.


  12. Round the top front edge of the legs to allow for clearance when folding up. Recess the top back edge the full thickness of the closed 38mm hinge, to allow the legs to fold snug against the table top when folded up.


  13. Glue and nail the reinforcing strip to the front underside of the table.


  14. To give clearance for folding, round the opposite edge on the underside of the table top with a rough file, rasp or plane.


  15. Screw the piano hinge to the back edge of the table top. If you are using chipboard dip each screw in a little wood glue or use special chipboard screws.


  16. Round the top front edge of the legs to allow for clearance when folding up. Recess the top back edge the full thickness of the closed 38mm hinge, to allow the legs to fold snug against the table top when folded up.


  17. Detail of legs

     

     

     

     

     

  18. Make a through housed joint in the legs about 150 mm from the bottom end, to fit the leg cross-piece (see: joining wood) and glue and screw the cross-piece to the legs.


  19. Screw the leg hinges to the legs and to the table top.


  20. Fit a folding stay to the inside edge of each leg.


  21. Screw the piano hinge to the top horizontal batten. Do not use chipboard screws for this.


  22. Fold the table away and, at a convenient height, fit the barrel bolts to keep the table in place when folded.


  23. Finish off by sanding and smoothing the wood.


  24. Apply two coats of sanding sealer, smoothing with 150 grit sandpaper between coats.


  25. Apply two coats of varnish or paint in the finish of your choice.


This table is designed for the ideal cutting height of 80 cm. Standard tables are 75 cm high. If the table top you are planning is less than 65 cm wide you could make it into a drop-down table which does not need the tall wall supports.

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