Have noticed my bones, my brain, and my musculature don't run about like they used to and in fact they think there is great utility in flopping down at a momentís notice. It didnít take me long to decide to keep the Burro
rear dinette area permanently configured as a bed, er, lounge, for just those moments.
I notice many of us who camp in our wee shoeboxes have done the same. My beautiful dinette table is in storage at home. So Burro
needed a new table plan. Many wonderful solutions for this are documented on this forum and I have added my own.
But my answer, the clever, foldaway mini-table I built for over the front gaucho cushions just wasnít working for us. It was bulky, balky, and, I concluded, over-built. What was good was it made use of the under the window glassed in gaucho support ledge so no new support holes ever went through the shell. I also added a narrow, fenced in shelf, for pencils and stuff. Utility.
When youíre big like we are, doing things in tiny quarters better be smooth, or thereís trouble. For the table, we needed something better. Getting to work on that, I came up with a combination-stove-shroud-table that implemented a piano hinge and folded out and hung off the cabinet door into the middle of the trailer. Seemed a good idea at the time. Had utility, but after a few days I concluded this thing was ugly, big time. I couldn't eat dinner on that tortured looking thing. Nancy wouldn't eat dinner on that. Torquemada might.
Why can't I make something light
but strong that sets up fast without arguments? Something clean and pure. It should look like what it is instead of what you fear it might turn into. The stove shroud thing was overkill and mostly redundant (and ugly).
I found myself staring intensely at some left over plywood, and a broom handle. I was young Edison now, or Alexander Bell, discarding the bad ideas, saving the good ones, simplifying, consolidating, re-inventing. Ah, the joy of discovery, eh, Tom? A T-nut and a screw-thingo driven into the broom, some varnish, and the thing was done. We can hang it in both places, or store it flat under the lounge.