I broke this project up into 3 parts in my Covid-19 Daily Vlog series – Lockdown Woodworking. I built this simple Folding Table, or TV tray as we used to call them in the old days, to help add some extra table space when needed, but to be easily folded up and stored away!
I started by making plans up in SketchUP, a plans design tool. I want it to be simply designed, and take up very little space when folded.
The cuts can be easily made on a table saw but a circular saw or miter saw would also work!
Next I’m going to use my drillpress to drill even holes in the pieces cut to make spots for screw to be drilled in without messing up the wood.
I’ve set up a few things here, a stop block to hold my pieces in place until they’re ready to be adjusted, I also have a board under the pieces I’m drilling into so the drill press doesn’t damage my drill press table.
Now I’m going to counter bore these holes with a forstner bit.
In case you’re wondering, this is the difference between a counter bore and a counter sink. Bore is the left, right is the sink.
All 4 legs are going to need to have 3/4″ hole drilled through one end of them so I’m using my drill press again with a backer board to drill those through.
The shorter legs will also require a second and third hole where braces will be to hold the table open. I’ve clamed these in place so they don’t slip out of position since they’re longer than my fence.
Next I need to round the edges of the legs so I actually found an old cap to use that will help me measure the cuts that need to be made with a consistent shape.
I could cut these curves, but I chose to sand them on my disc sander to speed up the process of finishing.
Using my orbit sander next to smooth out the rest of the pieces.
I ended up cutting to many holes on the wrong legs. FAIL. So I’m using some dowels glued in to cover the extras.
Now I can assemble to two short legs with long dowels.
Now this is how the 4 legs will fit together:
Then I attach the two side pieces. Be sure to note the plans to see which dowels should be glue and which should be loose so they spin.
For the tabletop, I’m just using an olde piece of pine I had lying around mostly so I can test this set up as a prototype and I can add a new top to this later if needed. I’m centering the top with the set up and then drilling holes so I can screw into it from the legs.
I rounded the edges of the top of the table.
I added a small stop on the underside of the table, it’s a cleat to hold the top in place once the table opens.
I sealed everything with three coats of spray lacquer and now it’s good to go!
Thanks so much for following along!
FREE DOWNLOADABLE PLANS
Folding Table Plans: https://drive.google.com/file/d/11m616q_2k97xJriFYZSdqbfCIC7i9Wog/view