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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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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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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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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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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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