Convertible Bench/table

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Introduction: Convertible Bench/table

About: I'm a mechanical engineer and as a hobby I like to design and work with wood

I made this as a wedding gift for my sister. She was looking for a table that didn't consume a lot of space in her backyard. When the table is not used it can be folded and used as a bench which doesn't need a lot of space. I found some examples with a similar design and adapted those to my needs.

This is my first project and I worked on it for about 2 weeks.

I didn't properly document mys steps but I will later add more information.

Step 1: Material

the tools that I used for the construction were pretty basic. I only required a table saw, a router a jig saw and a sander.

For this design I bought boards 30X180 -3500 mm. Two board I cut in half through the width and two in 3 equal parts.

The thinnest boards were used in the the legs and the middle part of the table top.

The half width is used in for the seats and the side of the table top.

For the hinges I used bolts with a washer between the wood.

I'll add cut list later.

Step 2: The Design

Most of the designs I found were with tabletops made of boards placed next to each other which I didn't like. Those designs all had a table top of 50-60 cm wide. This is not a comfortable width to eat on so I definitely wanted a broader tabletop .

I used solid works to design and I designed it for 3 people. This gives it a length of around 1.50 m.

I changed the width of the tabletop to 70 cm which is still smaller then a normal table but has is a decent dimension and it wasn't possible to make the top wider.

You can find the dimensions in the PDF files.

Step 3: The Table Top

I made the tabletop by making grooves at the end of the boards and for the end boards a groove in the side. During the gluing spacers were put in between the boards.

After the top was made i used a rope and pencil to draw the ends and a jig saw to cut it round.

the edges are rounded by using a router.

Step 4: The Bench

The bench exists of 3 parts. A part with fixed seats, a part with the table top and a part with movable seats.

I wanted flat pieces so I used a router to make slots. These slots were half the thickness of the pieces and connect in each other.

I first mounted the fixed seat and measured the length for the movable seat.

The table top was mounted on the part by using plugs.

Arm rests are added later below the table top to keep it level when the table is folded out.

Step 5: Finish

To finish the it and give it a nice shine I used 3 coats of boat varnish.

Because it was my first build I didn't document every step as well as I wanted.

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Awesome design. Look forward to trying it myself.

I can email the scan if you want a clearer copy, just need your email address

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There is my mail s'endormir the scan please

There is my mail send me the scan please

There is my mail send me the scan please
Spiderfad@gmail.com

Have sent from my work account (Stephen.taylor2@nzdf.mil.nz)

thank you verry much,i receive you e-mail with the plans for the picnic table-bench,soon i will star to make my own one...HAVE A GOOD DAY

hello buck2217,i wounder if i can get a copy of your plans to make a picnic table bench? my e-mail is splaty_23@yahoo.com , tnx

Have sent a copy from my work email (@nzdf.mil.nz) hope they are clear enough

Hi,
I am in the process of building two of these. Thus far I have cut all of the wood to length, but I am having a bit of difficulty determining the angles for the legs, etc. Is there a way to contact you with a few questions please?

Michael, Canada

Parabéns, ficou lindo demais, fron Brazil

Jordi D,

i would really appreciate it if you can make some plans available. My girlfriend just about freaked out when she saw it. She loves it!!!

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I'll make the plans available but for the moment my PC is in repair.

Thank you sir, I shall wait while you get your stuff sorted out.

I added the technical drawings I hope they will be useful

Firstly amazing work!!

I saw that you made the table drawings on solidworks... so can you please send me the solidworks files ?

Thx

hello jordi D ,it is posible for you to send me on my e-mail the list of materials and mesurment's in mm or cm? my e-mail adress is splaty_23@yahoo.com ,tnx

Are all of the dimensions in the cut list mm or cm?

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They should all be in mm

Doesn't look like there is much area to rest your behind on when it is in table mode, but I do love the look of your tabletop. Several years ago I bought one unassembled from this site: www.inklaptafel.nl. Bit of best of both worlds: I didn't have the tools (or room for those) and it was cheap enough at the time. Assembling gave me the fun hands-on experience, so I didn't feel left out there.
Mine has 3 bars of wood on each side when in table mode. Much more assuring. But it doesn't have your nice tabletop. So it looks like there is new project coming soon for me... hahaha.