Submitted by Iggy Koopa, December 23, 2015 at 6:25 AM.
I’ve always wanted to have a table in my man cave so that I could pick up and play a game of Warhammer whenever I wanted or to use as a table for when I’m painting. When I got my new house this was the plan… So I bought the material to make a 4×6 foot table and the green felt material to cover it with. I’ve had this table for a little over 2 years now and while it does it’s job very well… It also does one thing that I just don’t like – it takes up too much space. In my man cave, I have all of my gaming consoles and a 47″ TV. A couple of recliners and I’m good to go when football comes on… But like I said, I had to make a choice about having a man cave or having a table for games… So I finally decided, why not both? I set to work on making the table more easily accessible and space saving at the same time. I’m very pleased with how it turned out. And the following is how I created my table.
My original thought was that I would make the table in a way that it folds up into the wall using hinges and other material. After I started working on it, though, I decided to keep one half of the table permanently separated and put it in storage when not in use. This helps to not make it so bulky when it’s hanging on the wall. It also eliminates the extra weight that the 2 lag screws have to hold when folded up. So anyway, I already had the table and lumber, I just needed the hinges and lag screws. Here’s the list of everything, though, just in case you’re wondering:
– 4×6 piece of 1/2″ plywood
– 4 hinges and screws
– 3 tight seal sash hinges
– About 16 feet of 2×2 wood (to brace the tables)
– Two 6″ metal slats
– 6 hook and eye locks
I set to work on it and started on the hinges that go into the wall that will ultimately support the whole thing. The important thing to remember here is that these need to be screwed directly into the 2x4s inside the wall so that they can bear the weight of the table. If you screw it into the drywall only then you’re gonna have a bad time… Once those 2x4s were located I drilled the holes and then attached the first half of the table (I cut it in half so that there’s two 2×3 foot sections). I also added hook and eye attachments to either side of the wall so that it can hold the table in place when it’s folded up. After I attached it to the wall I then made the holes to put the legs. I cut these at 41 inches tall. I also put a small piece of plywood between the legs and the tabletop so that I could allow a deeper screw to hold the legs up. The height of the legs lined up almost perfectly so that they both fold into the inside brackets of the table, like so:
So now that one side was done it’s time to get to the other side! I basically repeated what I did with the first half except I did add some 6″ metal slats to the wall mounted section. This is used to hold the table in place while I attach the 2 together so that I’m not straining to hold it up and get them attached. It also means that this table can be set up with only one person!
In order to prevent the legs from folding under on us when playing a game (and damaging all the miniatures on top!) I put the metal hook and eye locks all around on each of the 4 legs. They are also the kind that have a spring lock in place just in case one of the legs is accidentally kicked. Little bit of extra protection never hurts!
Lastly, once the two tables were joined together I got underneath and attached the 3 tight seal sash locks. This is the most important part because this will be used to keep the table held in place. It’s important to put these locks slightly further than normal so that they can really pull and hold the 2 tables together. You want there to be a snug fit when the lock is pulled together. Mine turned out just right on all 3!
All that’s left to do is add the felt whenever we’re ready to play a game! Then simply unlock everything and fold up the table when done! And in order to keep it from being such an eye sore when it’s folded up I cover mine with the soon-to-be NFC East Champions flag – The Washington Redskins! So now I can have my man cave and a gaming table! I’m really glad this turned out well. I enjoy having a table to play games since I don’t get out much to any of the local stores so having one available is critical for me. I hope you enjoyed the article! Let me know if anybody is going to give this a try in their home!
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