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Old 03-25-2016, 10:46 AM   #1
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Folding table?

Hi all,
I've been thinking of building a folding table that will attach to the end of my counter, by the stove. I have a 13 foot Boler and not only would this extend my counter space I'm hoping I can "swivel" it around so I can sit on the bench and use it for my laptop. It would also make it possible to leave the dining area as a bed instead of having to return it to a table everyday.

Has anyone done anything like this? Any suggestions or pics on how to do it would be amazing!
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Old 03-25-2016, 12:00 PM   #2
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The swing table I had in my VW Bus would work well in that spot. Parts can still be found here:
GoWesty Camper Products - parts supplier for VW Vanagon, Eurovan, and Bus
but they're not cheap.

Some nice photos of the basic set up can be seen here:
Swing-out removable table - The Brick-yard

You might be able to fabricate something similar using 90 degree metal conduit set in pvc pipe with pipe straps and threaded knobs.

Good Luck and Have Fun!

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Old 03-25-2016, 07:18 PM   #3
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Thanks! That's a big help!
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Old 03-25-2016, 09:02 PM   #4
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What about something like the swing-out folding tables that are used in airline seats that are in the bulkhead? Cathay Pacific brings premium economy to Auckland-Hong Kong flights - Australian Business Traveller

I'm also thinking that a swing out table like the one suggested on the Vanagon which is high enough to swing OVER the stovetop when not in use. It would pivot in the lower right corner of the tabletop 180 degrees over the side of the stovetop or 90 degrees to be next to the couch seat and would never need to be folded or "dropped down".

I could draw this out, crudely, and post it, maybe. Do you understand what I am saying?
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Old 05-11-2016, 02:55 PM   #5
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Small work surface next to stove

I have a small work surface next to the stove in my Firefly (ok ok it's a Trillium but I call it My Firefly).

It's a piano-hinge and a small arm that folds out underneath it to stabilize it. I can take a couple more pictures if you would like!
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Old 05-15-2016, 04:38 AM   #6
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I have a small work surface next to the stove in my Firefly (ok ok it's a Trillium but I call it My Firefly).



It's a piano-hinge and a small arm that folds out underneath it to stabilize it. I can take a couple more pictures if you would like!

Our Boler came with a similar table which I removed after a year or two. It was always in the way and a bit flimsy. Yours looks more substantial. We have since removed the bunks also and added a table.Click image for larger version

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Old 06-24-2016, 09:31 PM   #7
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Can you take a picture of the stabilizing arm? I'mean think of building one.

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Old 06-24-2016, 10:39 PM   #8
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The Little Joe's come with one folding table on either side of the galley, to extend cabinet surface area. They are similar to these Rockler units:

Folding Brackets-Choose your size - Rockler Woodworking Tools

but I'm sure you can find them elsewhere, with a little searching.
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Old 06-25-2016, 07:09 PM   #9
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I put a little extension into Kermit for the same reason -- to make more counter space -- using a piano hinge on nice piece of wood, and the prop for the shelf fits into a little woodchip on the underside of the shelf, the other end snugs neatly between the cushion & the wall. Pics when I figure out how
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Easy kit at Little House Customs about 3/4 of the way down this page:

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Old 09-20-2016, 08:17 AM   #11
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Small table supported by refrigerator door

I built a small, TV tray size, table that uses the refrigerator door top as a support and a small PVC extension to the bunk bed leg for the other support.
Put a small 1/2" X1/2 " strip on refrigerator side to keep it in the door groove and a PVC end cap screwed into,the othe end to accept the extended bunk support.
Easy to store in the closet and you can sit on the front bunk for coffee and breakfast. You could make it just about any size.
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I built a small, TV tray size, table that uses the refrigerator door top as a support and a small PVC extension to the bunk bed leg for the other support.
Put a small 1/2" X1/2 " strip on refrigerator side to keep it in the door groove and a PVC end cap screwed into,the othe end to accept the extended bunk support.
Easy to store in the closet and you can sit on the front bunk for coffee and breakfast. You could make it just about any size.
I'd love to see a photo of it!
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Old 09-20-2016, 12:21 PM   #13
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Photo of simple table

You could add a nylon strap that the refrigerator door would close on to secure it more tightly. My refrigerator has a strap to lock door shut.
My old Scamp had one like this- not my original idea.
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I think I got the idea from your message. Thanks for that. I'm going to take a look tonight and do some chin scratching. I camp by myself and just need a place to eat without remaking the bed all the time. The whole sofa bunk thing is a waste for me. I'd love a small dinette there but think it cost a heap.
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Old 10-14-2019, 09:31 PM   #16
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Hi all,
I've been thinking of building a folding table that will attach to the end of my counter, by the stove. I have a 13 foot Boler and not only would this extend my counter space I'm hoping I can "swivel" it around so I can sit on the bench and use it for my laptop. It would also make it possible to leave the dining area as a bed instead of having to return it to a table everyday.

Has anyone done anything like this? Any suggestions or pics on how to do it would be amazing!
I see this post is a few years old, but wondering what you ended up doing, I want to do exactly the same.
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Table off refrigerator door.

I just built a bigger table- max size to fit inside closet- edgewise.
It hinges on an open hinge right above the refrigerator door, and gets support from resting on the top of the door.
Other end is supported by the bunk bed leg with a pvc extension.
One person sits on couch, near stove side, and other can sit opposite on a small folding chair, or both side by side on the couch.
Can still open the refrigerator.
Pretty slick.
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I just built a bigger table- max size to fit inside closet- edgewise.
It hinges on an open hinge right above the refrigerator door, and gets support from resting on the top of the door.
Other end is supported by the bunk bed leg with a pvc extension.
One person sits on couch, near stove side, and other can sit opposite on a small folding chair, or both side by side on the couch.
Can still open the refrigerator.
Pretty slick.
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Thanks Larry. I have converted my closet to shelving. So would need to figure another spot to store table top, was hoping I could do an extension of counter next to stove.
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I would modify the cabinet you have so there is room to slide a table board out of the cabinet right over the top of the fridge. It might mean making the existing drawer shallower and putting slides on the sides of a new drawer to make room for your slide-out table for one. That slide out table can be resting on a single full extension, under mount cabinet slide. It won't need to be really heavy duty as not a lot of weight bearing for a plate of dinner.


To make it really clever so you can pull it towards you just use one slide lengthwise coming out of the cabinet and a second short slide at 90 degrees, resting on a wood plate fastened to the table top above and the slide below to slide it towards you. These things have been done before for small space living quarters.
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I would modify the cabinet you have so there is room to slide a table board out of the cabinet right over the top of the fridge. It might mean making the existing drawer shallower and putting slides on the sides of a new drawer to make room for your slide-out table for one. That slide out table can be resting on a single full extension, under mount cabinet slide. It won't need to be really heavy duty as not a lot of weight bearing for a plate of dinner.


To make it really clever so you can pull it towards you just use one slide lengthwise coming out of the cabinet and a second short slide at 90 degrees, resting on a wood plate fastened to the table top above and the slide below to slide it towards you. These things have been done before for small space living quarters.
Thank you kc I like this idea, but I don't have a drawer above my fridge, so will have to see if I can figure out how low the stove top goes or how high the fridge top is, I didn't want to take them out, but may have too.
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