How to build a folding wall table

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How to build a folding wall table
Plywood works well for quick surdy tables. (Unfinished Plywood Background image by Gary Chorpenning from

Folding wall tables come in handy for people who live in small flats, or for people who just like to have a little extra space. Wall tables are often simple in design, and are mainly built for functionality. Plywood and basic construction lumber is a qualifying choice of materials for this project, as they are inexpensive and easy to work with. In about an hour this project can be built and installed in the home.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • 4 pine boards, 2.5 x 7.5 x 75 cm (1 x 3 x 30 inch)
  • Plywood, 1.8 cm (3/4 inch), 75 x 75 cm (30 x 30 inch)
  • Screw gun
  • 4 hinges, 5 cm (2 inch), with screws
  • 2 eye hooks, 9 mm (3/8 inch)
  • Nylon String, 25 cm (10 inch)
  • 3 wood screws, 10 cm (4 inch)
  • 4 wood screws, 4.3 cm (1 3/4 inch)

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  1. 1

    Use all of your 10 cm (4 inch) screws to screw one of your 2.5 x 7.5 cm (1 x 3 inch) pine boards to the wall so it is flat on the wall, horizontal, and so the top edge is 75 cm (30 inches) above the floor. Use your level to ensure the board is level. Screw two half-hinges to the 7.5 cm (3 inch) wide side of this board so there is a half-hinge 7.5 cm (3 inch) from each end of the board. The top half-hinge must be able to move a full 270 degrees over the top edge of the pine board.

  2. 2

    Lay two 2.5 x 7.5 cm (1 x 3 inch) pine boards on your workspace so they are vertical and parallel, and so the outside edges are 75 cm (30 inches) apart. These will be the table legs to your table. Screw your last 2.5 x 7.5 cm (1 x 3 inch) pine board perpendicularly to each of the vertical boards. It should be 33.3 cm (13 1/2 inches) from the top and bottom ends of the vertical boards. This board will provide support to your table legs. Screw a half-hinge to each top end of the two vertical 2.5 x 7.5 cm (1 x 3 inches) boards. The hinges should be able to move 270 degrees and be able to fold over the end of the board.

  3. 3

    Lay your two table legs on the plywood. The plywood is your table top, and the legs will be fastened to the bottom of the table top. Screw the half-hinges to the plywood so the legs are 7.5 cm (3 inches) away from the 75 cm (30 inch) edge. The leg support must be parallel with this 75 cm (30 inch) edge, and the legs must be able to fold down over the table, not away from the table.

  4. 4

    Lift your plywood over the pine board that is attached to the wall to prepare to screw it to the hinges. The legs on the table should be folded down towards the floor. Screw the half-hinges on the pine board to the plywood. As the plywood folds down, the legs should fold out and support the table.

  5. 5

    Screw one of the eye hooks to the bottom of the table, along the edge where the legs are attached. Fold the table back up toward the wall, and screw the other eye hook to the wall so it is a couple inches away from the one screwed into the table. Use your string to hold the table in place by tying it to the eye hooks.

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