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Old 01-17-2010, 05:15 PM   #15
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Who has that neat compartment table? I remember a picture of a recessed plexiglass top and pockets with little things....dice, checkers, ect... It was neat...Donna you have the good memory!
Pat, I think you're thinking about the 1978 Scamp that belonged to Jayes, here's a link to her Shutterfly album and the table (the one I'm thinking you're referencing): Jayes Scamp Table
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Old 01-17-2010, 11:12 PM   #16
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Um,had the wood cut to rough shape,I'll do the curves,etc.But..went for 3/8 ply.Haven't tried it yet,will it support one adult,or is there a way to reinforce the table underneath?Any thoughts appreciated!
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:32 AM   #17
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Um,had the wood cut to rough shape,I'll do the curves,etc.But..went for 3/8 ply.Haven't tried it yet,will it support one adult,or is there a way to reinforce the table underneath?Any thoughts appreciated!
There are a couple of ways to reinforce 3/8 ply. The easiest and most obvious is to glue and clamp 3" wide strips of 3/8 ply across the front, back, and one every 16" in the middle of the table, then fill in the sides. Something like this, if you ignore the "slide" for the pedestal leg in the center.


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We get away with less support on our table because it's primarily meant as a bed for grandkids (someday), but it does occasionally get used to make a cozy corner nest where the two of us can curl up on the dinette bed and watch a movie. We get away with climbing on it because it has an extra support that fills in the cutouts on the corners and supports one end of the table, and neither of us weigh over 175 pounds.


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The tuck-in support is another way you can do things, but it is bulky to store. I plan to replace it at some point with something a little more compact.
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Old 01-20-2010, 03:17 PM   #18
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Here's a hollow-core table I built for a friend's Burro.

The frame you see in the picture was covered with 1/8 plywood, then Formica on the top and an aluminum edge:

Here's the finished product. Light and strong.
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Old 01-26-2010, 11:53 AM   #19
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I used 3/4" birch and just traced the old table to the new wood then cut sanded and varnished. I still wanted some support underneeth and wanted something that did not take up much room so I drilled about 1/2" into the underside of the table and put two wooded pegs. Next I got tubular aluminum (with a diameter that fit kind of snug on the wppden peg) and cut them to length to support the bed. When I put the table down I just slip the aluminum legs on and the bed is very solid. When the table is in the up position all that showes are the pegs and they hang down about 1". Now my kids jump and bounce on the bed and I don't worry.

Another mod I did with the bed was to cut another piece of the same wood and put legs on it (the wooden legs are held on by the same pegs used above) and not the person on the forward part of the bed has something solid uder the cusion at the edge of the bed. The legs slide off the pegs just as the aluminum does above. When I make the bed into a table the 3 pieces (Bed addition and 2 legs) come apart and store in the bench.

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Pic of the table addition to fill in the gap between the table and end of bed.

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