120 Series Rear Door Table

Gary Stockton Feb 25, 2010

  1. Gary Stockton

    Gary Stockton Super Moderator Supporter I am in zimbabwe

    Saw this originally on pradopoint.com and thought it would be an interesting little project - I'm usually a bunch of thumbs when it comes to this. Anyway, decided to have a go. Some of you might have heard me mumbling about not having a tail-gate while in Wales, and how I missed it's varied functionality, not having an 80-series anymore :cry: So I decided to have a play

    Raw Materials:
    12mm plywood, 1100mm x 500mm
    self-tapping screws, nylon hooks, stainless marine hinges, 20mm webbing strap, 3mm shock cord; 500ml spray-on upholstery glue. Most of the stuff came from B&Q except the carpet, marine stainless steel hinges and hooks, which cam from various flea-bay suppliers, mostly Chandlery World (excellent stuff ...)


    Decided to varnish the ply and trim the front corners. I didn't like the wood effect, so then decided to cover the ply with car carpet (the stuff used to cover speaker boxes, etc.:


    Got SWMBO to help with the fabric cutting (well, what do I know about mitred corners: :p ). Fully covered table. NB: Ensure the glue you use dries to be transparent - the stuff I got doesn't, so had to be careful with gluing


    Figuring out the hinge layout:


    Oooh - drilling holes in the rear door moulding - ouch!! Trap the folded over 20mm webbing under the nylon hooks and screw it all down with 30mm self-tappers...


    Marking up and drilling for the centre hinge - drill right through the steel - ensure no clips etc. are in the way:


    Table fitted!!


    Table folded away for travel:


    Anyone for tea??


    Worthwhile exercise - SWMBO thinks it's great! Total cost, about £30 - I paid more in total, because I had to buy a roll of carpeting, a whole tin of varnish, whole tin of glue etc... some of which will be reused on other exciting projects (next up is a packing system...). I had fun, though!
  2. Crispin

    Crispin Administrator Staff Member Supporter Guru I am in great_britain

    Very nice.

    Where did you get the carpet and how much? I want some for my drawers. I would like something that is pretty hard wearing as things will go on top, including two over excited dogs....
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