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Old 04-12-2020, 12:17 AM   #1
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Lighter tables...

This is pretty simple stuff compared with some of the deep knowledge and ingenuity featured in these forums... but just in case this idea might help someone...

We have a Thor Axis 24.1 and we found that we rarely used the big table and sometimes were even reluctant to get out the smaller table. We are on the elderly end of life and leaning over the back of the sofa and lifting up those heavy composite material table tops was a real chore. The big one in particular was not only very heavy - it was also hard to maneuver around to the sofa when it was in place.

We don't have access to anything beyond a few hand tools in our retirement home, so...

Simple solution - a donated piece of 3/8" birch plywood and a couple of bamboo cutting boards. Now they are easy to lift out of their storage spaces and we can use them in any combination. We won't be hosting any meals for four or anything - but we never did before, either!
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Old 04-12-2020, 12:41 AM   #2
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Congratulations on a GREAT job!
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Old 04-12-2020, 03:22 AM   #3
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That's a very nice job.
We don't use ours much but I'll be copying your idea if we start using it.
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Old 04-12-2020, 04:48 AM   #4
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MorningGlory,
Great idea. We too found the tables too heavy to lift from behind the sofa plus I'm too old and short to reach them easily. The large table that goes in front of the sofa is stored in my garage. The smaller rectangular table that goes between driver and passenger seats rides on the bed and then is set up as soon as we park. I also have two light weight TV trays that stay behind the sofa (actually, I've replaced sofa with recliners) and are easy to set up if we have guests.
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Old 04-15-2020, 02:24 AM   #5
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2016 Siesta Sprinter 24TT - The OEM table was heavy and could be stored nowhere. I replaced with an edge glued panel from Harbor Freight, and at 5 inches shorter than original it fits in the hanging closet. I off-set the post so the table is even in front of the recliners.
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Old 04-15-2020, 03:20 AM   #6
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2016 Siesta Sprinter 24TT - The OEM table was heavy and could be stored nowhere. I replaced with an edge glued panel from Harbor Freight, and at 5 inches shorter than original it fits in the hanging closet. I off-set the post so the table is even in front of the recliners.
You do great work
And, I learned that Harbor Freight sells “edge glued panels”
Thank you!
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Old 04-16-2020, 12:08 AM   #7
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I did something similar with a tool cabinet top from Home Depoe. It was about $20, and we like the size for a meal for 2 in place of the long table. Also works good in place of the oval table between the front seats.
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Old 04-16-2020, 06:39 PM   #8
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You do great work
And, I learned that Harbor Freight sells “edge glued panels”
Thank you!
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Good Catch--- I misspelled Home Depot-
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Old 04-16-2020, 07:09 PM   #9
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Simple solution - a donated piece of 3/8" birch plywood and a couple of bamboo cutting boards. Now they are easy to lift out of their storage spaces and we can use them in any combination. We won't be hosting any meals for four or anything - but we never did before, either!
We agree...we replaced those tables with folding wood tables which we lay on a bed when enroute to a destination. They are lightweight and serve our purpose well...and we can easily take them outdoors to use near our folding lawn chairs.
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Old 04-22-2020, 07:36 PM   #10
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I removed the whole contraption, table, pole and holder, to give me more room in my little MH. It was easy and opened up the space. I use light weight TV trays as a substitute. I store the table behind the driver seat if I need to make it a bed.
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Old 04-24-2020, 06:07 PM   #11
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For those of us who are not into woodworking, I used TV trays also because it made it easier to build. I removed the folding legs from two tables I had that were not being used, and repurposed the tops.

Since I was installing new pedestal legs and bases, I placed them much closer together than normal. The goal was to move pedestals away from center of table so they didn’t interfere as much with sitting. This required tables to cantilever but since they are small and we are easy on equipment, they’ve held up well for over a decade now.

I also installed the table base off-center so I can install one or both tables either close to me, or further away, depending on what I’m using them for. The difference in reach is 4 inches now. Initially the difference was a bit more, but I no longer use them for typing on a laptop, so I moved them a little.

The two tables are mirror image of each other so they can be rotated 180 degrees as needed. When using a single table, we often spin it 90 degrees so table ends up more over the couch, which leaves the aisle more open while making it easier to get up. In limited space of a narrow van that’s important.

Anyway, not pretty but very functional and 100% trouble free over the years.
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