Replacing the dinette table

kskelloggs

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Sep 16, 2016
32
Wonderful Wyoming
Was just wondering if anyone has replaced their dinette table with a real wooden table top, using the existing legs and such? I am toying with the idea of building one, and was curious as to comments and ideas and problems, if anyone has tried this. Thanks!
 

Jenkamus

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Oct 17, 2015
246
Surprise, AZ
I plan on building a new on for ours as well, the previous owner trashed it. I don't see a reason it wouldn't work. We will use ours as a back up bed incase we have other guests so I'm just going to make sure its study and reinforced on the bottom to cover any weight.
 

kitphantom

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Dec 26, 2009
13,637
Albuquerque, NM
There have been quite a few rebuilds of table over the years, though I'm not sure all the old posts are relocatable.
Often, the original table is used as a pattern. There were a couple of people who made a lighter version, similar to a hollow core door. Those, IIRC, were not used as beds. Others have made them from plywood or other wood, and either painted or stained them. Some have decoupaged photos or maps to the top. Many of the replacements are lighter than the original wood used.
Not matter how they've been made, some sort of support framing has been needed to keep them from sagging or breaking, especially when used for a bed.
 

Popiworks

Paddle faster, I hear banjos!
Jul 22, 2014
199
I am going to replace mine with 3/4 in ply. The current flake board is way to heavy. I have some left over white formica and will put white edge banding on it too. My current table has two steel channels support rods that I will carry over together with the folding leg assembly. I'll post a pic when I'm done.
 

RollTide30

Active Member
Jan 30, 2017
215
West Georgia
I just broke a corner of my table, so I will be replacing it with some 3/4" plywood. I will most likely use a round over bit to smooth it up and then paint it. I will use the leg from the current table on the new table, but it will have to wait bc we are leaving Saturday morning for our next trip.
 

rerspain

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Jul 26, 2016
147
Middlesex, New Jersey
When I made a new table top. I used the old table as a template. I took the old one and place it over the plywood and drilled through the existing holes into the plywood so I wouldn't have to measure where all the hardware would go.
 

kcsa75

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Sep 9, 2013
5,612
Kansas City
When I made a new table top. I used the old table as a template. I took the old one and place it over the plywood and drilled through the existing holes into the plywood so I wouldn't have to measure where all the hardware would go.

Exactly.

I replaced two table tops and three counters out of a single 4x8 sheet of 3/4 inch plywood plus one 2x3 piece. Then we finished the wood with a stain and urethane. [:)C]
 




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