Foldable Table, Recycling of Old Table





Introduction: Foldable Table, Recycling of Old Table

I got old computer table that was in bad shape, panels were moving and it needed some fixing. Someone before me was nailing it and doing all sorts of things. To make it stable so it was not looking good at all. I need some work bench but I live in small apartment which i rent so i did not want to screw foldable bench to wall. Also i like option that I could move it around depending of place where I need to work.
Problem with small folding tables is that if desk top is small there is not much place to fold legs.

Step 1: Cutting

I am not giving exact measurements because it depends of table you are using as base and/or how big table you would like to make at the end. I'll give just guidelines by which I made my cats.

Min leg panel length = desktop -panel width * 2 -1cm

In my case
75-1.8*2 -1 = 70.4cm

I made round cuts with radius of 8cm which was smallest I can make with saw-blade I had so for comfortable cut make it bit bigger.
You need desk top and to leg panels. Cut leg panels as on image. I made first middle cut and then from that cut 3 parts for legs.

Step 2: Connecting

To connect all parts you'll use 18 hinges. Left image shows outer side of leg and right inner side of it. After connect legs to desktop with 2 hinges each.


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    Absolutely b. brilliant! Clearly explained and a great design. I'm going to make one.
    The one small change I would make is to change the position of the hinges so that they are inside the joint and not lay on. Then they will be invisible.

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    Seems like a good idea, but if you try to put the hinges on the other side, then the legs won't fold down against the table top. They have to be on the opposite side from the hinges connecting to the table top, which means they will always be visible.

    I didn't explain very well. I make a lot of boxes with lids and the hinges can be fitted on the back of the box, Face fitted, as you have them. Or they can be fitted on the edge of the box and the edge of the lid. This way the hinge is hidden when the box is closed.
    I hope the sketch shows better than words. They are harder to fit (you should inset the hinges) but it's a lot neater. The hinges have to be equal to the thickness of the boards so you may need two instead of one. Alternatively a piano hinge which fits on the edge but goes right across the width of the boards.


    Nice idea. I was thinking of that but hinges I had with me were too big. It would look better like that I am sure. Thanks for comments and do not forget to vote. :)

    I have voted.
    One point with the edge mounted method, I forgot to mention - is that the screws will go into "end grain", and will not be very strong.
    There are many solutions to this, e.g using plugs, or cross drilled dowels, or even setting the screws in epoxy resin or Araldite. But then you can never get them out!


    2 years ago

    that table's leg that stick out is a toe hazard lol. But this is a cool idea

    Thank you. I'm modifying the concept for my daughter. She needs collapsing table to display her product at quilt shows. It will be 60" wide and 30" high.

    I will substitute legs for the flat panels with cross members. Additionally, there will be a shelf down below sitting on top of the cross members. Will post a pic when I'm done. Thanks.

    Brilliant instructable that my partner and I could really do with building! Really helps with saving space as we live in a very small flat! Looks great aswell! Good work! Dave

    this is just absolutely AWESOME!!!!!

    have you thought about selling these? I think you could make some decent $$$$$ from these tables.

    TY for sharing.

    Excellent idea and i like the way it looks! I could really use one of those ...

    Nicely done. This would make good portable workbench or tool stand design. The legs crowding the interior under the table are a slight detriment in a table meant to be sat under but for a workbench they provide a benefit by keeping the surrounds clear for movement. There are quite a few fold flat or compact wooden workbench designs out there but I don't think any have as much potential as this one.

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    Thanks for nice comment. Do not forget to vote. All nice feed back inspired me to think about more things I could make and also to think why I did not put other thing online too. Thank you

    Sorry it was spelling error. "Work bench" English is not my native language. Thanks for noticing, I'll correct it. If you like it please vote

    Thank you a lot. :) Support means a lot since it is my firs tutorial but there will be more. Please do not forget to vote. Thanks.