I saw this photo on bored panda. I’ve never thought about building in a pop-up table. It would be great for a paper plate with sandwiches and I would include a cut out for a coke can.
It’s a simple concept. I’m looking at benches that I can buy and modify. Cut out the center and reuse the slats for the table top. Reenforce the cut edges of the bench with a cleat.
The x-brace will take some experimenting. So it can be lifted up and locked in place.
Looks like a fun and creative project.
Hey, that’s actually a really neat idea! I like it.
I’m thinking the scissor mechanism necessary for a LaZBoy type foot rest would be difficult
I may use Aluminum bar stock for the x-brace. I found a source online that sells it in various thickness. 0.1875" x 1.5" should work. Thats 3/16. I don’t really need 1/4.
A friend has a drill press and other machine tools.
I ordered a bench yesterday. Can’t start work until mid September when its cooler.
I want to see how this turns out.
The picture details gives me confidence. One side of the X is loosely bolted to the frame. The other side travels in a angled slot. There’s probably a roller that slides in the groove.
I think I can replicate it. After the third or fourth try. I’m persistent when the job requires it.
I used to get in trouble for taking stuff apart to see how it works. My dad helped me and I eventually learned to tear stuff down and get it back together.
I am unsure of calculating the length of the legs. So the table lowers evenly with the bench. I may have to experiment with cardboard.
I would add piece of wood on each side of the floating legs (parallel to the length of the bench) to keep the floating leg from popping out of the channel.