- 21 Oct 2020
- Reaction score
- South Coast
For the hinges there is a 4x2 fixed through the plywood walls to the 4x2s that make up the workshop wall framing - I removed the plywood and added a couple of additional horizontal noggins between the verticals to ensure support across the whole width . The L & R sides of the framework are longer than the MDF top so there is a rebated cross member at the back of the MDF with a gap of ~25mm to the rear 2x4 (there is an additional infill block in the centre that makes the rear look like a very elongated 'H'. You can see the infill block at the bottom of the first photo below the mini systainer.Hi There, Just joined up. Love your folding table. My workshop size is very similar to yours so I can relate to your issue regarding space.
Fortunately I have a single garage which I intend to kit out with a fold down MFT and yours seems ideal. Really impressed with your design, however I have a couple of questions which I hope you can answer. Could you possibly advise a little more detail of the hinge arrangement showing how any additional timber you added to the main 4 x 2 frame. Also I was a little concerned if the fold up leg needed any additional diagonal bracing. I noticed some marks on the top of the legs together with some possible indication of a fastener or bracket that may help to steady the legs when in the down position. Thankyou in advance.
The marks at the top of the legs are small dimples from a couple of plastic capped facia nails that the legs sit against when they're in the correct position, the leg ends are cut at a slight angle so they're flat on the floor when the legs are folded out just past vertical - being past vertical, plus the weight of the table, means they won't slip backwards when the table is down (I nearly broke a toe giving them a few hefty kicks to test this)
The legs don't need diagonal bracing to stop side-to-side movement as there is a backboard of 9mm ply screwed to the rear of the legs and horizontals - it's obvious in the photos with the legs down - this keeps the legs rigid and also stops anything falling out the back. It doesn't go all the way to the top of the legs as I need to get my arm under the table if I want to screw a grip into a dog or clamp.