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Old 04-01-2011, 04:26 PM   #1
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Attaching a new table to the new front dinnette

Hi all, I have modified the front bench seat in our 13' Scamp. I have cut our the center portion and have a table that I want to put there. I also want to be able to drop the table down to make a bench for sleeping. The Scamp hardware for the back table is too wide to use. Any suggestions on how to attach the table to the wall but easily removable. I am currently thinking hinges but not sold on that idea.
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Old 04-01-2011, 04:32 PM   #2
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What about using a post like Scamp uses on the side dinette ?

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Hi all, I have modified the front bench seat in our 13' Scamp. I have cut our the center portion and have a table that I want to put there. I also want to be able to drop the table down to make a bench for sleeping. The Scamp hardware for the back table is too wide to use. Any suggestions on how to attach the table to the wall but easily removable. I am currently thinking hinges but not sold on that idea.
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Old 04-02-2011, 05:38 AM   #3
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Hi Bill, I was hoping to not use a post. I think I was able to cobble something together from Lowes last evening. I am going to give it a sht today and see how it turns out.
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Old 04-02-2011, 06:29 AM   #4
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I was thinking perhaps using the Scamp hardware like from the back table... but have it shortened. Even if you had to have it welded... it's a small enough piece it should be a pretty cheap thing to have done. Sometimes you have to bite the bullet to get precisely what you want. Good luck!
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Old 04-02-2011, 06:56 AM   #5
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I agree, as an avid DIY'er I have tough time letting go ;-) One day I will get a mig welder to go along with all my other tools.
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Old 04-04-2011, 12:41 PM   #6
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Yes and you do have that little embedded wood piece that the couch back hinges were attached to to use.

I have often thought about making a dinette up front in my 13 footer. My plan would be to raise the seats higher than the existing bench so you can better see out the window. If I recall correctly that would put the table at the height of the embedded wood piece.

Here is what I'd do for the table, it would be the same as what my Dad made for my Chevy van I used to have and fixed as a camper. It's a simple table top that would hang on a bracket attached to the embedded wood with a removable leg which is simply screwed under the table top and does not require a base mounted to the floor of the trailer.

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But you would have to match the inside pattern to the end of the table.
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:15 PM   #8
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Thanks for the ideas. I ended up spending a day this weekend and came up with something using maple and parts from Lowes. I took some pictures last evening and will post them when I get home tonight. I am really pleased with the way it turned out, sort of a small bookshelf from the floor up to the old ledge from the swing up bunk (which is now a small shelf with a fid). There are a couple of maple swing arms on piano hinges and some pull apart hinges. Having said that pictures are worth 1000 words so I'll try and remember to post some tonight.

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But you would have to match the inside pattern to the end of the table.
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:18 PM   #9
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Here is an image without the table attached. It still needs to be varnished and I need to put some dark grey carpet to cover up the painted fiberglass. You can see the "hinges" in between the 2 swing arms (the triangular arms fold in on piano hinges). The black bars are 1/4" mild steel rod from Lowes painted with Rustoleum hammer finish paint.
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:21 PM   #10
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And here is a picture with the table. I might need to shorten the table a couple of inches. The table was made last fall before the mount was made.
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Lynne and I are thinking of something very much like this for our Surfside project. Looks like excellent work!
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Old 04-05-2011, 05:39 PM   #12
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Jon,

Great job.
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Nice! We used a floor post and it is in the way for our feet. Might have to copy your idea, it looks very good and functional.
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