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.
Step 5: Table Top Material Is Installed
For the most part the project is finished. Note the position of the leg mounts. Legs are stored using metal straping bent to shape. Handle for carrying. Table surface material can be as nice or as cheap as you want. I have ussed several sheets of cardboard stuck together with contact cement and covered with fabric or vinyl. Time was of the essence here and the marker board made a nice option.
Step 6: In "Sign Mode"
The marker board comes in an odd size: 48" X 32" so I filled the top space with some left over peg board. I will use this in sign mode to display my wares at some shows from actual peg board hooks.
If a different table top surface is used it can be one piece or several to suit your basic needs.