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Old 06-26-2019   #1
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Sharing my raft hatch cover / camp table build

I just finished a pair of hatch covers for my new raft frame that function as tables while in camp. I spent a lot of time browsing the forums while I was pondering these so I thought I'd give back and share my build.

I wanted to build something that was light weight, adjustable height, would setup quickly and be stable. Here's what I came up with.


  • Table material is 1/2" MDO plywood, epoxy coated edges, 1-1/8" diameter strap holes. Finished with exterior primer and semi-gloss enamel.
  • Frame and legs are 1" x 1" x 1/16" 6061-T6 aluminum.
  • Leg receptacles are 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" x 1/8" 6061-T6 aluminum. The legs telescope perfectly inside of this tube.
  • Leg extensions are a 10" piece of the 1"x1" tubing with a 3.5" piece of the 1-1/4"x1-1/4" tubing tack welded on the end.
  • Snap pins are 5/16" x 2-1/2" usable length zinc plated steel. They are the same pins I use on my frame.
  • Leg receptacles are angled 6 degrees out on both the sides and ends.
  • With long legs table height matches good ol' rollup blue tables.
  • With leg extensions added table height is 37", good for prep, washing and cooking.
  • End of legs and leg extensions have a wooden plug epoxied in place to help keep the legs from embedding too deep in the dirt and sand.
  • If you want the table even more stable you can thread a strap through the bails on the lower snap pins and snug it up and the legs don't wiggle at all.
  • Frame is attached to table table with self-tapping threaded inserts and button head cap screws.
  • Cutting of material was done on my miter saw with a non-ferrous blade and wax-like cutting lubricant.
  • Welding was done by a local shop.
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Old 06-27-2019   #2
 
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I like it!
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these look great, thanks for sharing!
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Thanks for posting and doing the leg work on what telescopes well. I have been looking at doing a table build and this will come in handy.

A few questions. is there anything that kept you from just using a solid piece of 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 for the extension and drilling multiple holes so that you have adjustment for uneven ground.
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Old 06-27-2019   #5
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I thought about that approach, using a length of 1x1 for the upper leg and then a similar length piece of 1-1/4x1-1/4 for the lower leg with various holes drilled. These two would nest/telescope and then would be held in place with snap pins.

I don't think there was a big reason I ended up where I did vs your approach. You do get more adjustability with slightly more weight. In hind-sight maybe I should have done it that way.

Here's a link to an aluminum sizing chart that I found really useful when trying to figure out what nests with what and then I went to the aluminum yard and tried a bunch of pieces to confirm.
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