How to Build a Folding Hobby Table

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How to Build a Folding Hobby Table
You don't need complex tools to make a folding table. (folding ruler image by Scott McCarty from

If you have a hobby like quilt making or gaming, you might have been forced to carry it out in any space you can find, from kitchen tables to floors. But to get the most out of your hobby, you need to have workspace and specifically, a hobby table. You might think that you don't have the room fro a table, but the easy solution is to build a folding hobby table that can serve your particular needs. When you are not using it, the table can easily be folded and stored out of the way. Constructing this table is a fairly simple project.

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Things you need

  • Sheet of plywood
  • 4 lengths of wood
  • Folding leg brackets
  • Wood moulding
  • Screws
  • Rotary sander
  • Screwdriver
  • Saw
  • Paint
  • Brush
  • Hammer
  • Small nails
  • Pencil

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  1. 1

    Gather your materials. Have the supply store cut a sheet of plywood and four lengths of wood for the legs to the size you want for your table. Use your rotary sander to smooth down the surfaces.

  2. 2

    Screw the brackets onto the ends of the table's legs. Then mark equidistant positions in the corners for the legs.

  3. 3

    Place the leg ends one by one in the corners and screw the brackets into place. Make sure you place them so the legs fold inward.

  4. 4

    Turn the table over. Cut two lengths of moulding one inch less that the length of the table, and two that are one inch less than the width of the table.

  5. 5

    Use a hammer and nails to hammer the moulding on the top of the table to from a barrier to keep small items from rolling off.

  6. 6

    Use a brush to paint your table. Let it dry.

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