Convertible Bench/table

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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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4 People Made This Project!

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1from956

1 year ago

Awesome design. Look forward to trying it myself.

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buck2217

2 years ago

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

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KiraY1buck2217

Reply 1 year ago

There is my mail s'endormir the scan please

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KiraY1KiraY1

Reply 1 year ago

There is my mail send me the scan please

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KiraY1KiraY1

Reply 1 year ago

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

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buck2217KiraY1

Reply 1 year ago

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

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RemusR1buck2217

Reply 2 years ago

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

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RemusR1buck2217

Reply 2 years ago

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

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buck2217RemusR1

Reply 2 years ago

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

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Macnrayna

1 year ago

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

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RubsonC

2 years ago

Parabéns, ficou lindo demais, fron Brazil

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zeroaxe

2 years ago

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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jordi Dzeroaxe

Reply 2 years ago

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

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zeroaxejordi D

Reply 2 years ago

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

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jordi Dzeroaxe

Reply 2 years ago

I added the technical drawings I hope they will be useful

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Baptiste 49jordi D

Reply 2 years ago

Firstly amazing work!!

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

Thx

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RemusR1

2 years ago

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

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JoshT54

2 years ago

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

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