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Old 05-29-2009   #1
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fairly cheap seat/table deck

Had this on about 5 week long trips, works good. Adjustable legs from roll-a-table ($25 when I baught them a couple years ago). Each leg is adustable, making it easy to have a level table in uneven ground, also can sit low to fit in the Teepee when it is nasty. Oak lap joint supports underneath to limit warping. A few cots of polyacrylic to protect from water. Some velocro and angle stups underneath to stow the legs. T-nuts gorilla glued in to fit the roll-a-table leg screws. Sized to fit my super duper puma for a bench seat. The oak support underneath fit just inside the length and width of the frame bay and keep the board from sliding in any direction. About $100 bucks total and about 1 lazy day to build. Hope this helps other design/build a table
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Old 05-29-2009   #2
 
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That's pretty slick. I like items that serve more than one purpose in the back-country.
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Old 05-29-2009   #3
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That's pretty slick. I like items that serve more than one purpose in the back-country.
There are lots of comercially available table/seat decks but they are kind of big and wouldn't fit my super duper puma very well, so a small homemade one that was less than 1/2 the cost seemed like a good idea. Of course you could use other legs, such as threaded pipe with fitings and other stuff, but the roll-a-table legs are sturdy enough (though you won't be having any kinky action on this table), are light, and adjustable in hight which really kick ass on sloping beaches or on cobble/rocky shores. For those using the standard roll-a-tables I recommend getting the adjustable legs, which is what I got the legs for origionally, then ended up using them for the seat deck/table project.

Looks like they are still $25. Order them from here (this is the retail side owned by the guy how invented the roll-a-"stuff" http://www.campspecialties.com/roll-...ustable%20legs

The legs fit regular sized T-nuts available at any hardware store, though I don't know the specific size off hand.
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Old 05-29-2009   #4
 
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Building one also but stealing the legs off a old folding table. I am going to cut slots in the table so it can double as a backboard if the situation arises.
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If you mean backboard (like to immobilze and injured person) lets hope that is one use you never need.

I am also thinking that if you made two identical table decks for a bigger boat with more hatches (or had a budy and you each had identical table decks), you could make a pretty nice beer-pong setup. But then, you might be increasing your odds of needing to use a deck as a backboard (beer-pong has been known to lead to some severe injuries).
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Yes that is what I meant. I agree hope to never use it but its better to be prepaired then unprepaired.
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Is there a seat that could be easily attached for rowing and removed for use as a table? I.e. a simple bracket or something?
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Is there a seat that could be easily attached for rowing and removed for use as a table? I.e. a simple bracket or something?
If you had your seat bolted to a board, then you could just strap your seat/board right over the table. Essentially the same as sitting on a cooler.
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Does strapping it down result in some play of the seat for powerful rowing strokes? Can you secure it down really well with just some cam straps?
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Does strapping it down result in some play of the seat for powerful rowing strokes? Can you secure it down really well with just some cam straps?
I strap the seat board down with 4 straps. Each end, one to the front, one to the back. It doesn't move, and the cooler is just sitting on straps so it is the top straps holding everything solid. Check out my avatar for how well it holds.
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