Folding Table / Sign




Introduction: Folding Table / Sign

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.

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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)
straping (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.

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    7 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    So... it's been a few years since the last post, but I'll add my 2 cents anyway...

    Just happened upon your instructable, and again, I'm looking for a portable gaming table for my Warhammer 40k habits, but I think I'll be trying to construct it with aluminum tubing for the legs and cross-members rather than wood. It doesn't need to be all that sturdy for a bunch of plastic miniatures, so aluminum will still be way more than enough for the job, but should lighten up the weight of the project considerably.

    Thanks for this dude, I really appreciate it.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    I could see making one of these for gaming, although I would swap the peg board and the white board so you could hang dice bags and such off the edge. How much weight will it take?


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Lo i play war hammer 40k so gonna make me a table for gaming Go Space Marines


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    I meant to put something about the weight in. It will depend on the materials you use. My version will support 50 lbs easy. This one came out heavier then anticipated. I should have gone with 1" X 2"s. While it would have held less, it would have been lighter to carry. If you make a game table you could reverse the top or put the covering material on both sides leaving some pockets for dice, chips, etc. Also you may want to consider my cardboard & cloth idea. It will save you weight and cost of material, plus I think it would be better to play on. Please let me know how yours turns out.


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    I actually like the idea of a white board so you could draw maps or keep track of stats right on the table.


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    I hadn't thought of that! Cooler still.


    11 years ago on Step 5

    Is it possible to get a closeup of how the legs are stored? I see you've bent some strapping. How do you store and remove the legs? How is the holder made and attached to the frame?