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Collapsable Table (Treehouse/Shop)

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I wanted to build a table for my brother's treehouse that could collapse and not take up space when he wasn't using it. This is what I ended up with.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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Some 2x4s and plywood.
Also, if you don't already have them, some hinges and metal latches.

Step 2: Design

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Obviously, the design is circumstantial based on your parameters, and I changed a few things along the way to make it work, but this is the basic idea. (Blame Paint).

Step 3: Build

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So basically, it's a 2x4 frame covered in plywood. The legs are just 2x4s that hinge at the bottom front so they fold underneath, and the top of the table hinges to a small part (also 2x4 covered with plywood) which is the part that you attach to the wall.

Step 4: Install

Put it wherever you want. Use a bolt, or screws to attach the top part to the wall. As I mentioned, I put it in my brothers treehouse, but a different size would work for a workshop or whatever else. Also, I added a latch so it wouldn't fall open on it's own.

I hope this inspires someone to try something similar. Thanks for reading.
reidjazz4 years ago
I made a 4' x 3' version of this for my basement. Thanks for the great idea. My wife likes it so much that she wants one for her craft room.

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TimBTodd (author)  reidjazz4 years ago
 Awesome! Glad I could help.
CyberBill5 years ago
Neat! I have seen another design of a folding table where instead of folding the table 'down', like you have, this one folds 'up'. The legs are hinged so that they fold up under the bottom of the table when it is up against the wall. I really like your design though, because you can make the entire table flush inside of the wall! How do you keep the table legs tucked under the top of the table? Magnets on the legs might be a good addition. :)
TimBTodd (author)  CyberBill4 years ago
Magnets is a wonderful idea. I have  a latch on the bottom and floor for when it's folded up to keep it in place.
Ahh!  I see the little hooks on the side of the table and the legs now! :)
ITChE5 years ago
I really like this idea and I think I will be building something very similar for our school as impromptu project/art stations. Thanks for sharing.
luvit5 years ago
when i was little my grandpa built a table that folded down for my HO model train. i would watch my train drive in a 4' circle ...to spice things up i would lay my sisters polly pockets on the tracks. sometimes hotwheels ...or my tongue.
geekazoid5 years ago
Nice, I was thinking of a design along these lines, just as some others have mentioned, a single leg hinging out from the wall. Great 'ible though! Keep it up, Geekazoid
theRIAA5 years ago
nice build. I just made something like this for my dad's workshop to hold a chop saw. I was worried that we would kick the legs in if it was that design, so i made a single leg that hinged sideways on the wall
gork theRIAA5 years ago
I agree; I would favor a design with a support arrangement that cannot collapse at all. My first thought would be a flap that folds down from the table surface to form a right angle brace against the wall. It's the same idea as the wall flap really, but since it works with gravity, deploying the table might be slightly easier, so it might work better for much larger or heavier tables. The current design could be modified to be safer by drilling two holes through the floor and installing a mating dowel on the end of the table legs that fit into these holes .
TimBTodd (author)  theRIAA5 years ago
I thought about that as well, but it will mostly just be used for sitting and drawing and holding the occasional cup or plate, so I wasn't too worried. Good idea though.
Spokehedz5 years ago
This looks like it could be easily expanded for a workshop workbench. Thanks!
tukmol5 years ago
cool!
pixelzen5 years ago
Very cute! I will actually give these specs to my dad to implement in my scarce kitchen area.
Superb design! Lovely treehouse, too. I've always wanted one!
Bongmaster5 years ago
nice :) lover the treehouse too :3