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Hinged Table To Go With Reclining Chairs

Welcome to the third entry in September’s Medium Mod-Ster Contest.  One Medium Mod will be published in every Email Alert in September.  At the end of the month we’ll hold a reader vote to determine September’s winner.  For information about the Mod-Ster Contest, including how to enter, click here.

Kevin Presson, Abingdon, Maryland
Hinged Table To Go With Reclining Chairs
1997 Dodge Ram 2500
2011 Outfitter Apex 9.5

A big thanks to Charlie Coushaine for the link to the comfortable chairs he put in his camper. We have done the same chair modification as Charlie.

Before Hinged Table Not Enough Room

Above: Before the hinged table; not enough room

When swiveled, with our feet in the aisle, I found the original table up against my arm. Thus, I built a new table; the feature of my modification.

Construction Of Hinged Dinette Table

A table saw, router, large clamps and Dremel tool were what I used to complete this modification. I used red oak from the local Lowes hardware store.

Hinges For Camper Table

The time consuming part is making the slots for the hinges to sit in. I should have asked a friend with a CNC router to do this and it would have come out perfect – and probably quicker.

I used sewing machine hinges and supports from Rockler.

Parts for Ordering:

1. Narrow Twin Pin Sewing Machine Hinge, 1/2-inch wide x 3-inches long, SKU: 30897 – 4 pairs total $51.96

2. Metal Drop Leaf Support, SKU: 30006 – 2 pairs total $25.98

The subtotal was $77.94, shipping and handling $11.99, and tax was $5.40. The grand total was $95.33.

Hinged Camper Dinette Table Opened Up

When we want to eat, the two leaves fold down to give a full size table. When we’re relaxing they fold on top to give us a narrow table.

Hinged Dinette Table As Small Table

So far this has met my needs. I mounted it off center to give a bit more room in the aisle. The next mod may be a Lagun table leg.

To make the table, not including application of polyurethane, was about eight hours. In total it cost about $160.  The difficulty rating on this would vary depending on your tools, but I’d say it’s easy, but tedious.

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