How to Build a Folding Table in an RV

How to Build a Folding Table in an RV
The first recreational vehicles were 14th century wagons. While the RV has come a long way since then, occasionally a do-it-yourself type gets the urge to pull out the power tools and modify his RV. One of the most common projects for an RV is a folding table.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Sheet of plywood
  • Electric sander
  • Peel and stick tile
  • Tile adhesive
  • 2x4 board
  • 3 door hinges
  • Electric saw
  • Electric screwdriver
  • Measuring tape
  • Carpenter's pencil
  • Carpenter's level
Step 1
Clear out space in your RV so that your table may be set up. The table will hinge against the wall or bed platform of your RV.
Step 2
Mark the spot on the wall where your hinges will attach using the measuring tape, carpenter's level and carpenter's pencil. The hinges should be exactly level with one another. Now measure the width of the space the table will occupy, and the length from the hinge marks to the floor. These measurements will be the length and width of the table's platform.
Step 3
Mark the plywood with the width and length measurements. Cut the plywood to the table's platform size using the saw. Cut the 2x2 board so that it is the same length as the table's length. Sand all the surfaces to avoid splinters.
Step 4
Use the ruler to mark the hinge marks for the table's platform. Then attach the door hinges to the underside of the table platform so that they turn outward.
Step 5
Along the center edge of the other platform, install a door hinge so that it turns inward. Attach one end of the 2x2 board to form a table leg. When the table is set up, this leg should swing on its hinge until it stands at a 90 degree angle to the table to support it. When the table is collapsed flat against the wall, the table leg should fold parallel to the table's platform.
Step 6
Attach the remaining two hinges to the wall of the RV over the marks that you made earlier.
Step 7
Pull the table into its upright position. Use tile adhesive to stick the tile to the table's surface for a smooth, water-proof, attractive table top.

Tips & Warnings

For a variation of this table that collapses more tightly against the wall, install two 1x2 boards as supports at the corners of the table instead.


Article Written By Tracy Morris

Tracy Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Arkansas.

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