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Don't we all love coffee tables?
In this tutorial I'll show you how to make a coffee table that's foldable so that you can easily hide or move it.
This started out as a project for school in which we had to execute an instructable and then try to improve it by own design. The instructable I based my design on is the Folding Low Table by wholman .


Step 1: Tabletop frame

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First we start by making the frame that supports the tabletop directly.

Take 2 pieces of pine wood, 1" x 2", 48" long each.

Cut out a 1" x 1" piece on the side in the middle of each piece of wood so these can fit into each other forming an X.

Then drill a hole 2 inch on each side from the centre of your wood, these will carry the supports.
 
ccronkhite1 year ago
I like it. If you were to make it taller It lookes like stability would be an issue since the legs would move closer to the center as it goes up. You could fix that by switching the sliding pivot to the center so that way the base stays towards the outside. You might have to tweak the dimensions of the leg pieces though.

my only question for your current design, how sturdy is it? It looks like overall it might have some flex to it.
blkhawk3 years ago
Great work!
Cheiron4 years ago
Very Nice!
chicopluma4 years ago
if you made a not too deep hole in the floor of your kitchen, you can pull a rope or something and a table comes out of the floor, and when fold it back it looks like just some rope in the floor
leeski4 years ago
great color choices - this product is ready for a dwell photo shoot!
crestind4 years ago
Really cool table! Was this for an industrial design course? If you add a few extra notches or maybe a screw thread, you could have multiple heights.
buvra4 years ago
nice work (Y)
Love it! Only would add/change a few things:

~Add "nubs" in the guild track along the top to give it height "settings",
and
~Round off the legs so that way when you adjust the height the footing isn't compromised.
Great looking table - nice for a patio or anywhere outdoors so it can be stored off-season. I wonder about it's weight?
alxjnsn (author)  Barb4impressions4 years ago
I'm not sure, but it isn't that heavy because I can easily hold it with one arm stretched. It's still at school and we don't have a scale that i know of.. I think it's just heavy/light enough based on solidity/portability.
The weight would really depend on what materials you used. For instance, if you used birch for a top instead of MDF, or pressure treated exterior two by fours as opposed to the regular interior two by fours. Basically you can decide the weight when you build it.
wenoel4 years ago
But a coffee table is short (20")and this looks much taller. How tall is it?
alxjnsn (author)  wenoel4 years ago
It's 25" tall.
ARJOON4 years ago
i think that i will make one for my design project. i will use aluminum instead which will be lighter
capt.tagon4 years ago
Nice piece, like the slot'n lock mechanism. I have a lift-up table project that can be adapted to.
lifgrd4 years ago
Make it a little taller and it'd be a pretty sweet base for a poker table.
barbara32ca4 years ago
This is a beautiful table!
alxjnsn (author) 4 years ago
Thanks guys, I posted some pics of it folded.
pdub774 years ago
video would be great! Nice work!!!
Terri1ND4 years ago
Wonder if this could be converted into a dining table?
Yeah, I would like to see some pictures of it folded..
Video, maybe?
Any pics of it folded?