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Old 08-22-2014, 12:53 PM   #1
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Roll up wood table.

I actually made the first proto of my roll up table and it worked wonderfully. I took it camping and set up our coffee station on it. Just like other roll up tables it won't hold 200lbs of stuff but plates, dinner, lunch and what not it would do wonderfully. I actually thought about putting my 50lb five year old on the top just for a photo shoot..... :a4: Here are two pictures of the first. I am going to be offering these for sale and thought I would just get some feedback.
This was my inspiration originally as my folks have several,

Camp Time Roll-A-Table - Free Shipping at REI.com ... ll-a-table

Than I found something similar to what I was imagining,
The Roll Top Table | Blue Ridge Chair


and this is what I came up with,




I was really happy with the weight and how it all came together. It unrolls really nicely, screws together with four simple bolts and you have a table! I think future versions of the table will have just slightly larger legs for support reasons. This table was made of ash as it's weather resistant and nice to work with. However I think my next will be made out of Sapele which is a species of mahogany. A little harder on the tools but has some great properties that I think would lend it nicely to these tables.
My tables come fully assembled and ready to unroll. No work required. They are not finished, left natural. However I am up to finishing with food grade oil, maybe tung, etc. I don't think because of their use finishing in a poly or similar is going to be a good choice as it will look poor after a few years. oil on the other hand can just be applied when ever.

I am still up in the air on pricing so some feedback would be appreciated. I was guessing somewhere around $98-119 was my target. Something in theory that should last you many many years and be made of a renewable resource. American made, natural, easy to use, pleasure to look at when camping/rv/boating, etc.
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Mr. b. The only thing I would comment on, unless I'm misunderstanding or not grasping the "assembly" process, is "...screws together with 4 simple bolts". Are these bolts captive in some fashion so they absolutely cannot be lost when the table is collapsed or are they separate? If separate, they'll be lost at the most inappropriate time. Looks interesting.
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Good question, when I broke down the table I simply screwed them back into the legs and rolled the table up. Those bolts wouldn't be lost as they are held in place while in transit.
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Mr. b. "...I simply screwed them back...Those bolts wouldn't be lost..." EXACTLY my point. Tell that to the 3 year old who wants to "help" while your back is turned. Wishful thinking IMO.
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Good one. I have a five year old and know what your talking about. It's all about the hardware - maybe I could find a special nut that I can sink into the wood slats and fix the bolt upright in the leg then all the hardware will stay in a fixed position.....I have a great hardware store in downtown, old school, lots of parts you can't find at the big box. Good excuse to hunt.
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Was in Wally's over the weekend and found these on clearance ($10.00) - four of these were available.

Aluminum Roll Up Table Folding Camping Outdoor Indoor Picnic Table Heavy Duty: Patio Furniture : Walmart.com

Bought all of them! Two to friends; one on the boat; one in the camper!

Back to the OP; nice product ya have there. Best of luck with the marketing and sale of them. Wood brings back memories as opposed to the aluminum.
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Mr. b. I think fixed hardware is indeed the answer IF you're going to proceed with this venture.
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Weight, etc

I have yet to weigh the table, however I am thinking of trying a few different types of marine grade (ie/weather resistant) woods. The ash table probably weighs in at about 7lbs.
Dimensions of the table are 30x30x30. However if someone wanted one smaller because of cockpit restrictions or specific use that is certainly doable. I was thinking of mocking up a slightly smaller one too, cocktail size say 26x26x30? A standard dinner plate is about 11 inches so if you added say one to two inches you'd need minimum of 24. Ok, so I didn't want to be lazy and I picked it up and pulled it to scale.
Ash boards and white oak legs = 11 lbs.
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That's how I made mine.I used cheap white wood and zinc fasteners found at home improvement stores.My strapping was from an old cheap school back pack.I saw online where someone had made one with fiberglass strips and epoxy drops to hold the fg strips.
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Very nice. I think the Sapele will be stunning.
Here is the female threaded piece you need.

I'm guessing this is what you are already using in the leg to receive the bolt.
Just move it to the bottom of the table and screw a hanger bolt into the table leg.

Nothing to lose. That should keep RTF happy.
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Be sure to paint a checker board in the middle of the table, making game playing readily available. That was an option I had on a small wooden folding table that I've used for years. Don't know how it'd look/fit onto a rolling table though ..... game pieces sold separately of course, but for marine use they could be different colored boats.
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Was in Wally's over the weekend and found these on clearance ($10.00) - four of these were available.

Aluminum Roll Up Table Folding Camping Outdoor Indoor Picnic Table Heavy Duty: Patio Furniture : Walmart.com

Bought all of them! Two to friends; one on the boat; one in the camper!

Back to the OP; nice product ya have there. Best of luck with the marketing and sale of them. Wood brings back memories as opposed to the aluminum.
I have had one of these for likely 5 or 6 years. It is light and strong and packs easily in it's own bag. Used it with the RV and the boat. No maintenance as might be needed with wood.
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What would happen if you eliminated the gap between the planks? Lay them tightly next to each other, maybe even clamp them with bar clamps before you staple on the webbing. Keep the webbing very tight as well. That should make it very rigid in one direction yet allow you to roll it the other. It might be rigid enough that you could eliminate the two end pieces.
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