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Build a small folding table

Filed Under: organization and storage, wood working

Hey woodworkers, here's a great little project: make your own small folding table. You know the kind I mean. The little square ones that are perfect for eating TV dinners off. Fabulous instructions, complete with photos and other illustrations, are on the site HandymanWire. The whole thing looks suitable for both experienced handymen/women and beginners, alike.

Yes, you can buy similar tables in the big box stores. They cost anywhere from $15 to $25 and up. Convenient, yes. But making your own will be so much more satisfying, don't you think? You will, however, have to allow some time and patience for the construction. Of course, you will also have to budget for the wood and hardware. Here what you'll need:
(1) 8-foot length of 1x6-inch wood. The designer of this particular table recommends cedar if the table is to be used outdoors.
(2) 1 1/2 x 1 1/2-inch brass hinges. Brass is required if the table is for outdoors use, otherwise any hinge will do.
(1) 5 x 1/4-inch bolt
(1) 1/4-inch nylock nut
(18) 1-inch #8 brass screws. Again, any screw will work, but brass is required for outdoors use.
Woodworking glue

Who couldn't use a little table like this? I love that it folds down for easy storage. Stow it in the garage or behind the couch, then pull it out when you need a little work space or a spot to rest your coffee mug.


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