Build a Flip-Down Kitchen Table(page 1 of 2)

Got a small kitchen? Check out this easy do-it-yourself project with step-by-step instructions on building and installing a flip-down table for two.

Original-Laurie-March-ODOC-kitchen-fold-down-table-with-tag2_s4x3 Photography by Daniel Collopy

The two roommates in this 1920s apartment didn't stand a chance of fitting a standard-sized table in their tiny kitchen. In less than one day, and on a budget of $200, we created a simple fold-down dining table. I recruited a handy carpenter and friend, Thad Mills, to help out.


What You'll Need

  • Two sheets of 3/4" x 4' x 8' plywood
  • Two 2" x 2" x 8' pine wood boards
  • Two 1" x 4" x 8' pine wood boards
  • Wood glue
  • 1-lb. box of 1 5/8" screws
  • Wood putty
  • One 4-foot piano hinge
  • Paint
  • Two lengths of 25" chain
  • One gate lock


Tools

  • Hacksaw
  • Circular saw or handsaw
  • Power drill
  • 4-foot level
  • Speed square
  • Tape measure
  • Paintbrush

Get Started: Build, Paint and Mount

Determine the size of table you want to create. Anything around 22" to 24" deep is a good dimension for people to eat comfortably. This table seats two and is 23" deep and 47" wide.

Build the Frame and Table

Transfer your measurements to a sheet of 3/4" plywood and use a 4' level or straight edge to connect marks to make straight cutting lines. For this table, we cut one piece at 48" x 24" for the back, and one piece at 47" x 23" for the tabletop.

Build the Table Wall Frame

Use a circular saw to cut out the back of the table frame. Cut 1" x 4" pine boards to frame your plywood. For this frame, we cut two board lengths at 48" long and two board lengths at 22 1/2" long.

Apply wood glue to the edges of the plywood and attach the 48" boards first to the top and bottom, then the 22 1/2" sides to the perimeter using 1 5/8" screws.

Build the Table

This tabletop is made from a 23" x 47" cut piece of plywood. To avoid a flimsy tabletop, cut four pieces out of 2" x 2" pine boards and line the perimeter under the sheet of plywood. Our cuts are two pieces at 2" x 2" x 21 1/2" and two pieces at 2" x 2" x 47".

Apply wood glue to the edges of the plywood and attach the two 47" boards to the top and bottom, then the 21 1/2" sides using 1 5/8" screws.

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