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Old 07-06-2016, 08:15 PM   #1
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Salon table designs...

Coming from the sailing world I've come to really love some of the beautiful salon table designs I've seen on sailboats. As I look at most trawlers I find salon tables mounted on a chunk of anodized aluminum or sometimes a stainless post but most are simple leafless tables that aren't high enough to sit at comfortably... I understand that the objective is to be able to drop the table to create space for a pullout berth but wow. While I'm sure we could learn to live with this design, there has to be a better way...isn't there?
Anyone have any thoughts?
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I am currently building a folding table. In the beginning I planned to build a table looking like the one on your picture. However I wanted to be able to remove it without having the base on the floor (as my wife and I are awkward people, if the base still on the floor it is certain we will got that in our feet resulting for sure in enjuries ). So I thought about a folding table I can store in safe place when not in use, especially usefull for me as under the table is the door to the engine room. I will post some picture when done if you want. In summary the legs will fold underneath the table top, and the top will fold in 2 parts resulting in something like a thin case. For me it will be a low table, but same thing can be done for higher one.
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I am currently building a folding table. In the beginning I planned to build a table looking like the one on your picture. However I wanted to be able to remove it without having the base on the floor (as my wife and I are awkward people, if the base still on the floor it is certain we will got that in our feet resulting for sure in enjuries ). So I thought about a folding table I can store in safe place when not in use, especially usefull for me as under the table is the door to the engine room. I will post some picture when done if you want. In summary the legs will fold underneath the table top, and the top will fold in 2 parts resulting in something like a thin case. For me it will be a low table, but same thing can be done for higher one.
By all means, please post a picture! I've gone looking at other builders salon tables and on most they are along the used of the AT offering... I'm really baffled by this.
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No problem will post pics as well as the plans if you find that interesting. I building that with some wood left out from other projects but it will give you an idea expect the post in something like 1 week as I started that last weekend and I am working on it only when time permit (so when weather does not allow me to have a drink outside )
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Drop-leaf table with pedestal the length of the table. When dropped, provides easy access to saloon's stern door and space for pull-out berth in the port settee. Table serves four easily but six without too much compromise.



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By all means, please post a picture! I've gone looking at other builders salon tables and on most they are along the used of the AT offering... I'm really baffled by this.
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Why don't you post some pictures of what styles of tables you are looking for.

And take a look at the tables you find in the older Grand Banks.
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Drop-leaf table with pedestal the length of the table. When dropped, provides easy access to saloon's stern door and space for pull-out berth in the port settee. Table serves four easily but six without too much compromise.
Now that's a table! It is more like the tables I've seen on sailboats in years past.
Nice!
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Why don't you post some pictures of what styles of tables you are looking for.

And take a look at the tables you find in the older Grand Banks.
Funny, I was just on the Grand Banks web site but didn't think of looking at older GB boats... As far as what I'm looking for, well I really have no idea! It is just that these pedestal tables are kind of plain. I'd like a functional table with a little wow! I have seen some mounted on a heavy base that is not screwed to the sole with a couple of fold out leafs to extend the size... I'll see if I can find a pic.
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Hey Imthink this table is too big for you! When I look at what is on the menu for 4 guest I see 2 bottles of wine, beer, and too many, too big plates, your doctor would advise you to find a smaller table for your health
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You could go for the insane wow factor..
https://youtu.be/I-UteGmI7eE

or more simple?
https://youtu.be/UVH-HFBETo8

Or a residential gate leg table. I like utensil drawers in the ends.
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You could go for the insane wow factor..
https://youtu.be/I-UteGmI7eE

or more simple?
https://youtu.be/UVH-HFBETo8

Or a residential gate leg table. I like utensil drawers in the ends.
I'd like to know who thinks these things up? Interesting if not exactly what I'm looking for. Lots of fun!
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I'm very pleased my saloon table is securely fastened to the floor. Stable is as stable does. Also, it's nice the pedestal is hollow with a small door to access whatever wanted to store there.
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Coming from the sailing world I've come to really love some of the beautiful salon table designs I've seen on sailboats. As I look at most trawlers I find salon tables mounted on a chunk of anodized aluminum or sometimes a stainless post but most are simple leafless tables that aren't high enough to sit at comfortably... I understand that the objective is to be able to drop the table to create space for a pullout berth but wow. While I'm sure we could learn to live with this design, there has to be a better way...isn't there?
Anyone have any thoughts?
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Here's a custom Hi-Lo table on my Canoe Cove.

Just $53,900,but you get the boat with it . ;-)
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PO had a custom one made. Freestanding, and the centre pedestal contains a gas lift unit. The leaves fold out onto some slides that come from underneath the central table top. It is quite heavy, but works quite well.
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Old 07-07-2016, 05:32 AM   #15
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I do tables with a chair seat lift post as it is probably 300% stronger , and can be has with a sliding base , which can move the table almost a foot.

With some brands 2 can be end to end for longer movement.

Pull it out of a dinette into the room, to seat more folks.
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Drop-leaf table with pedestal the length of the table. When dropped, provides easy access to saloon's stern door and space for pull-out berth in the port settee. Table serves four easily but six without too much compromise.



How do you get forward (as to the galley or head or somewhere), if necessary?

Musical chairs first? Or...?

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How do you get forward (as to the galley or head or somewhere), if necessary?

Musical chairs first? Or...?

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The people toward the stern can exit to the deck and enter through the pilothouse doors if wanting to go forward without disturbing others. The host/hostess sits on the galley end.
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Well Bruce.. if you were a avid woodworker you build one of these which was the inspiration when a friend gave me a pile of beech hardwood 2 years ago!

Inspiration;

my rendition.. not quite dining room friendly but close!
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This is the classic GB table I was thinking of:
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I had a table similar in a sailboat, and this one shows the keel-stepped mast, so isn't related to any GB I know.
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