Introduction: Folding Table Top on Metal Base
Hi all, this is my first instructable.
My wife and I needed a dining table that could sit 4-10 people.
We liked the idea of a table with a metal base and a top that would extend.
Step 1: Metal Base
I had this base made. Sizing L 128 cm * W 78 cm * H 71 cm (sorry about the cm).
Flat iron bars were used: 8 cm * 1 cm for the legs and 6 cm * 1 cm for the aprons.
Step 2: Table Build
I made two boards out of teak lumber, each sizing L 128 cm * W 78 cm * H 1,8 cm and installed sewing machine hinges.
The table top folded sizes L 128 cm * W 78 cm * H 3,6 cm; and extended L 256 cm * W 78 cm * H 1,8 cm.
The table's height with the top folded is 74,6 cm and 72,8 cm with the top extended
I used M8 allen countersunk bolts, washers and wing nuts (painted gold matte to match the hinges' finish) to attach the top on the base.
I used teak water based finish to paint the top and black matte for the metal base.
To unfold the top, I remove the bolts, slide the top open and place it evenly on the base, put the bolts back.
8 bolts are placed to secure the extended top (4 are used for the folded one).
I used felt fabric on top and bottom of the base to reduce any friction and prevent any harm to the floor and the wooden top.
Step 3: Demonstration
All credits for the photos go to my wife, Elena!
Step 4: Some Post-build Thoughts.
I didn't want to use sliders on the build.
I can work with wood but not metal.
This way, I could place the table top I needed, exactly on a same size base.
The bolts make the table really sturdy, given that the base alone can vibrate a lot.
The sitting is really comfortable and I am really happy how the whole project worked out.
It does take a few minutes to open/close the top, given that I use an allen key.
I didn't take a lot of pictures while building it (sorry for that), hope you like it.