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Old 02-21-2013, 06:31 PM   #1
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Greetings all,

We have recently intensified our search for a drop leaf table for our 63 Overlander since we have had a few moments where we wanted to eat inside..and couldn't. Uwe based the dimensions of the current sofabed off of a 1964 that was donated to us, so I want to keep my search for something of comparable height to the original table. Of course, the original tables become available about as often as 1950's Hehr windows (or less than that), so I am looking on craigslit and ebay.

Thanks in advance.

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Any card table will work well....don't go looking for a "collectable" vintage.
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Any card table will work well....don't go looking for a "collectable" vintage.
We are not looking for a "collectable table" While any card table would work, I am not going to use one unless it fits my interior (memory serves you ordering onehellofanice custom table). I have found a couple of formica drop leaf tables for $200 and under.
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Height is 29.75". Overall table top is 29.5" X 36"
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You're talking about a freestanding (non-airstream) table, right?

Not the Airstream folding table


If you're interested, I have a fully registered detailed model of one out of a '66 Ambassador.


and since you mentioned the sofa, I've got that as well...
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Greetings Steve!

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Greetings all,

We have recently intensified our search for a drop leaf table for our 63 Overlander since we have had a few moments where we wanted to eat inside..and couldn't. Uwe based the dimensions of the current sofabed off of a 1964 that was donated to us, so I want to keep my search for something of comparable height to the original table. Of course, the original tables become available about as often as 1950's Hehr windows (or less than that), so I am looking on craigslit and ebay.

Thanks in advance.

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I don't know whether Chromcraft is still making its 1950s reproduction Formica topped breakfast sets, but as recently as 2006, they were offering a complete line of reproduction tables including their small drop leaf table that was nearly identical in size to the one that came in my '64 Overlander.

Another option would be to fabricate a reproduction of the tables that Airstream used. It appears that the table that came in my Overlander was likely built in Airstream's cabinet making shop . . . its top had the same laminate and edging as the countertops in the rest of the coach . . . the legs appear to be tapered steel tubing that was bent in a "U" shape attached to the hardwood base with pipe brackets . . . the drop leaves are supported with hardwood wedges that pull-out from the top's base (a 1" x 1" hardwood base forms the perimeter of the tabletop. The only part that likely wasn't produced in the cabinet shop are the chrome supports that brace each of the table legs against the base. I can take some close-up photos of my table that was rebuilt by Henry Fowler (Fowler RV Interiors, Symsonia, KY) utilizing Oak for the top and leaves.




When the table was restored, the top was made to the exact dimensions of the original with the only change being made to the material utilized for the top. The original material was what appeared to be particle board topped with Formica that matched the countertops in the coach . . . the solid oak top is actually lighter than the original subtrate/Formica combination.

Good luck with your investigation!

Kevin

P.S.: Original 1950s/1960s Airstream drop leaf tables seem to appear rather frequently at the annual Fleamarkets during the wrap-up of WBCCI International Rallys.
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Well, I went to Lockhart, TX today enroute to a rally and looked at three. The small gave was close to the original, but was just too small. Another had a pedestal leg, and the third (where I am typing from) was a great fit. It was bigger, but I feel it gave more/better options for the future and for activities. Pics soon
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Here is a shot of Collin at the new table. It isn't a great shot, but it has the entire thing in it. We like the options of size from huge as it is in the picture to small, or just a single leaf up. The chrome is in good shape, but I would like to put new formica on it soon...(maybe red to go with the red on the curtains?).

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