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.
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)
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.