Step 5: Fold & Stow... Unfold & Enjoy!

To fold for storage, simply lift the tabletop, swing the dowel into  its 2x2 "frame," and lay flat. Mine fits under my couch.

Other ideas:
Add a cushion for a comfy footstool: mine is a tiny bit wobbly due to the inherent "play" one finds in most hinges; adding another pair of hinges or ones built to more exacting standards would result in more stability. But the strength is more than sufficient, since a heavier weight pushes the dowel more securely into the boards.

Use nice wood (as evidenced by the photos, the wood I used was crappy).

Paint/inlay a chess board.

Sink coasters into the surface for an even more beverage-friendly table.

Integrate snaps or magnets or straps to hold it all closed, and a handle for portability. 

Integrate snaps or magnets or straps to hold it all open, for added stability.

Sit on it (more robust construction recommended).

Build something else entirely: The "legs" of this stool could be adapted to a variety of applications. The "X" created by a middle piece that swings out allows for a compact support system. 

Thanks for reading, and best of luck with your 'ibles!

<p>Just before I found this I had drawn something similar but was thinking of three boards joined in a Z with piano hinges so they could fold flat when not in use. I was still pondering a locking mechanism when I came across your plan. The central section incorporating the dowel is clever and I think I'm going to build it or something close. </p><p>I need to build two small speaker stands for our photography club, that need to be collapsed for easy storage in a cupboard between meetings. This looks like just what I need.</p>
<p>If you would buid this into your own floor, you could make it really disappear. you would however have to drill out your floor...</p><p>Neat idea!</p>
I've got some cheap commercial folding tray-tables which wobble a lot. Going to try adding a base like yours to hold the legs firmly, and see if that will help...
Nice instructable, very clear! <br> <br>I wanted something a little taller (my supports were 26&quot; and 22&quot; for the middle) and slightly more rounded-looking. I used this as more of an experiment with several different techniques, so it's not as overall finished as I might have wanted, but I'm still pretty pleased with it. <br> <br>One thing I did to make it a touch more stable, on those flimsy dowel legs, was to drill a 1/4&quot; hole down the ends of the middle dowel, and stick a 1/4 dowel inside, with about 1/4&quot; protruding. Then in the middle of the support dowel's stop-hole, I drilled a 1/4&quot; slightly deeper hole. So the stop-dowel has a stop-dowel. <br> <br>Thanks for the inspiration!
Very nice!
Glad you approve! I appreciate the inspiring instructable.
Nice instructables.
hey just a thought could i use this and upscale and make a bed that dissapers under my flour and then a cover that mathches my floor
i feel this is more of one of those mini fold tables for eating next to the couch yes a coffee table is similar to a mini couch side eating table but i feel this is less of a coffie table unless it was bigger<br>
I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment, theexpert, but I couldn't think of a good word for &quot;mini couch-side eating table,&quot; so I sacrificed accuracy for simplicity. Although the principle would work fine scaled up-and-out: perhaps the &quot;legs&quot; could become a big plywood sheet with one (or two) dowels that swing out to support a full-fledged coffee table? Or instead of a dowel, a section of plywood spinning on a frame of plywood, pivoting on a rod through its center. Then it still folds flat, but could truly do a coffee table's job...
those are both very good ideas i might just try one<br>
Great, worth giving it a try, thanks
This was a clever constructible. Will definitely try it and report back.Thank you for it, Rizwan
pretty neat

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