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Old 01-27-2014   #11
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Originally Posted by Jbro84 View Post
I have a nice river table that I use for a passenger bench on my raft. I need to make some running boards for my double rail frame. I was trying to design the running boards to come off and work as a bench for my table on shore. Has anyone tried anything like this, or have pictures?
I totally miss understood your question... I was thinking you wanted to make another table, not benches... I have no idea why I thought that, but I did... Maybe it's because I have similar thoughts about making a table out of two smaller pieces (as I describe above).

I think you could do the flange idea mentioned earlier but it would get heavy and kind of expensive. Thread in legs (as mentioned in my earlier post) I don't think would take a persons weight, much less multiple people and definitely not tipsy people.

In the end I totally agree with Gremlin, I like my table high, my side boards in place and to sit in camp chairs...

Sorry for the diatribe...

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Old 01-27-2014   #12
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Originally Posted by elkhaven View Post
I totally miss understood your question... I was thinking you wanted to make another table, not benches... too.

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Old 01-27-2014   #13
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The only thing I could think of is a three sided slot that would hold the deck above the frame.

The opening in the slots would face out.
So two narrow slots and one longer.

Perhaps two D linch pins could be placed in a manner so as to not ever touch the raft.

The just right pin would take some hunting.
I wouldn't trust webbing, no matter what you paid for the cam, to not slip/stetch just a little and create a toe grabber spot.


Sliding the board in and out with just two pins would be easy enough.
Other hassles would still be there.
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Old 01-27-2014   #14
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Originally Posted by elkhaven View Post
I do however really like the idea of using this concept to make a larger table out of a smaller bench. My rear bench will most likely be 12-14". I could make it double that size if I put a hinge on one side and do the rest like the concept above. A 24 to 28" wide, 6' long table would be really nice.
I built a pretty sweet folding table that fits in the bottom of a drop bag. I cut 1/2" marine plywood into two pieces, each 20" X 40". I framed the perimeters with 2" x 2"'s. A 36" piano hinge connects the two and it folds like a suitcase. Four pipe flanges bolted through with t-nuts. Inside, I keep the 36" legs, drying rack, and a tablecloth. Outside, I attached two window sash handles and a clasp to make it easy to carry to camp.

Unfortunately, it ended up costing about $100

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