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Folding Table / Sign

I needed a folding table for a swap meet I was headed to. The cheapest 2' X 6' I found was over sixty bucks so I decided to fabricate my own. Since I was in command of this project I decided to make the table multi-use. It will double as a sandwich board sign.

If I had just gone with a basic table and covered it in masonite I could have kept the cost under $15 but I got plain marker board for an extra five so I figured it was worth it to double as a sign for future events.

I used some scrap wood which I ripped down to 2" X 2" on my table saw. This further reduced my costs but the estimate I gave above is for all new from the hardware store.
 
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Step 1: Materials you will need:

4 - 36" X 2" X 2" table frame
6 - 20.5" X 2" X 2" table frame
4 - 29" X 2" X 2" legs (depends on how tall U want it)
4 - leg mounts with tite in hard ware
2 - door hinges or large piano hinge
about 50 screws of various lengths
one handle (optional)
straping (optional)
table covering: masonite, luan, plastic, vinyl, or ???

Step 2: Build two table frame sides.

The size of each of these two pieces determines the size of your finished table. I used two 2' X 3' to give me a 2' X 6' table.

Step 3: Hinge location

Hinge location is important. Leave space between the frames. Watch for hardware interaction. You can miter your hinges to mount flush. I was in a hurry to complete this and will be using a cloth covering so it is not necessary.

Step 4: Hanger bolts (leg hardware) installed.

As you can see the wood is used. I was really trying to save money and time here. Store bought legs are not that expensive. I plan on sanding and painting these later.
wario2352 years ago
So... it's been a few years since the last post, but I'll add my 2 cents anyway...

Just happened upon your instructable, and again, I'm looking for a portable gaming table for my Warhammer 40k habits, but I think I'll be trying to construct it with aluminum tubing for the legs and cross-members rather than wood. It doesn't need to be all that sturdy for a bunch of plastic miniatures, so aluminum will still be way more than enough for the job, but should lighten up the weight of the project considerably.

Thanks for this dude, I really appreciate it.
i.am.mozman6 years ago
I could see making one of these for gaming, although I would swap the peg board and the white board so you could hang dice bags and such off the edge. How much weight will it take?
Lo i play war hammer 40k so gonna make me a table for gaming Go Space Marines
cruncher (author)  i.am.mozman6 years ago
I meant to put something about the weight in. It will depend on the materials you use. My version will support 50 lbs easy. This one came out heavier then anticipated. I should have gone with 1" X 2"s. While it would have held less, it would have been lighter to carry. If you make a game table you could reverse the top or put the covering material on both sides leaving some pockets for dice, chips, etc. Also you may want to consider my cardboard & cloth idea. It will save you weight and cost of material, plus I think it would be better to play on. Please let me know how yours turns out.
I actually like the idea of a white board so you could draw maps or keep track of stats right on the table.
cruncher (author)  i.am.mozman6 years ago
I hadn't thought of that! Cooler still.
DIYfan5 years ago
Is it possible to get a closeup of how the legs are stored? I see you've bent some strapping. How do you store and remove the legs? How is the holder made and attached to the frame?
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