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Old 03-29-2018, 12:20 PM   #1
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New 'Folding Dinette Table' ~ 23D

Good day all...

This is my second iteration of a 'folding dinette table' for our 23D. We liked the first one a lot, enough that we decided that it would be worth the trouble to make a second version with slightly different proportions, and a curved end to match the new lavatory counter top.

We are in love with the generous lounge space of the 23D, enough so, that we wanted to be able to 'shrink' the size of the dinette table to give even more lounge room, and the table in its smaller - 'folded' - configuration is just right for the two of us for breakfast or afternoon tea.

The table is made from 3/4" Baltic birch plywood with solid ash half-lapped onto the ends to properly hold the screws of the SOSS hinges. It uses four ball-bearing 130-pound rated drawer slides: two oriented vertically for support strength and two oriented horizontally to provide side-to-side rigidity. I used the factory mounting parts, however, I replaced the sheet metal screws with 10-24 Jack Screws for overkill strength.

One of the most difficult parts of this project was using the Wilsonart (River Gemstone pattern) laminate on the edges of the table... the curves were heat formed prior to gluing; it was a pain, but it worked out nicely.

I built this thing while my wife was in England for two weeks; it was a nice surprise when she returned. All in all, this was a great project.
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Old 03-29-2018, 12:38 PM   #2
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Wow

As I was sitting at home on beautiful Lake Martin eating a frozen pizza for lunch this provided me with a thought. Hmmmm. If I could grow up and be like anybody in the world who would it be?
Duh.....
Rob Pritchett of course.
Great job.
Now I know why you where so quite while Linda was out of town. That little mind of yours was working overtime manufacturing a Swiss Army table.
No doubt it has the persision of a Rolex and the lines of the “Black Swan” ( for those who don’t know, look in Rob’s signature)
That’s another awesome project sir. I would say you have out done yourself, but that’s not possible.
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Old 04-29-2018, 08:30 AM   #3
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Folding dinette

I am new to this thread, actually new to Airstream! Where did you purchase the hardware to complete this project? I am interested in building the dining table as you have done.

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Old 04-29-2018, 12:01 PM   #4
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I am new to this thread, actually new to Airstream! Where did you purchase the hardware to complete this project? I am interested in building the dining table as you have done.

Thanks

Jim
Good day, Jim... it's good to hear from you and to learn that you are considering building a 'folding' dinette table... it's one of our favorite 'mods.'

The 1" X 2" X 1/8" aluminum angle came from Orange Aluminum (these guys: https://www.orangealuminum.com/ )

Here are the drawer slides: https://www.ovisonline.com/18-Over-E...-lb-P1648.aspx Remember, I used two pair (see the photos).

The "jack nuts" to replace the sheet metal mounting screws came from here: https://www.grainger.com/product/POP...Jack-Nut-3ZLU8

Hope this helps!

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Old 06-16-2018, 03:24 PM   #5
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I love this. The current table in our 25FB is a flimsy piece of crap. Very unstable and cant handle the road travel. Does anyone know someone in our area who can do this for us? We live in San Antonio and could travel to someone close by or to Dallas.
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Absolutely LOVE this table! Beautiful job!
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Old 06-18-2018, 09:17 AM   #7
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I love this. The current table in our 25FB is a flimsy piece of crap. Very unstable and cant handle the road travel. Does anyone know someone in our area who can do this for us? We live in San Antonio and could travel to someone close by or to Dallas.
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Can you still use the table to create a bed in the dinette?
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Can you still use the table to create a bed in the dinette?
Yep, sure can... but we never will. There are only the two of us and Linda sleeps in the "queen's chamber" (the rear, corner bed), and I have the bed from the pull-out sofa. This arrangement is perfect for us.

As you can probably see in the photos, I used the standard factory folding hardware to attach the table assembly to the front wall.

Although the table assembly can be lowered to a "bed position" I have incorporated two "quick release pins" into the upper attachment brackets, so that there is absolutely no possibility of the table accidentally falling (rough roads or whatever). But, as the name implies, I can remove the two pins quicker than I wrote this sentence, and lower the table... but I won't

Thanks for your interest in my little project!

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Thanks! I was trying to convey this idea to my husband a couple weeks ago, and today stumbled across your project this morning. Really well done. I have book marked it for future reference.

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Folding Dinette

Thank you for sharing your modification. We have a 2006 Safari 23' and I've been looking for the right mod to replace the seating at the front. A full dinette is too much, but this would be perfect. I'm a cabinet maker so I've got it mostly figured out, but for a few questions.
Is the hardware which attaches it to the wall and allows it to lower to form a bed readily available from AS, or a different vendor?
Does the hardware allow it to fold down against the wall?
There appears to be a white block on the sliding carriage, is that a spacer upon which the table top rests?

Thank you also for the link to the photos of the interior, it's quite inspiring as I plan my first attempt at RV renovation...

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Is the hardware which attaches it to the wall and allows it to lower to form a bed readily available from AS, or a different vendor?
Does the hardware allow it to fold down against the wall?
There appears to be a white block on the sliding carriage, is that a spacer upon which the table top rests?

Thank you also for the link to the photos of the interior, it's quite inspiring as I plan my first attempt at RV renovation...

Karl
Thanks, Karl, for your kind compliments... I've really enjoyed 'fiddling' with our 23D, and we really feel like each little project has improved its utility or appearance... sometimes both.

The hardware that attached my table to the wall is the original Airstream-provided hardware that was on the original table. It will allow the table to be lowered into the "bed" position, although we will never do that. The hardware is readily available on line... check here: http://www.dyersonline.com/ap-produc...acket-kit.html

Yes, the while block is a piece of HMW Polyethylene. It provides the bearing surface for when the table is in its extended position.

If I can help further, just let me know.

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