How do I make a wooden top for a folding table?

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Make a wooden top for a folding table

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  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Nov 12, 2018

    I have a card table that I needed it taller and larger for big family dinners. Since I almost always use cloth or plastic holiday tablecloths, I just cut a 4’ x 6’ piece of plywood I found in the garage down to 4’ square. Then I sanded the front and back so I could use either side. I sanded all four edges, too. Since I had the time, and lots of wood putty, I filled in all the gaps and rough spots I could and let the putty dry three days. Then I painted the plywood an exterior white since that’s what I could pry the lid off. It took a couple of days to let all the paint dry, but now I have a 4’ square tabletop instead of a 3’ square top, plus the tabletop is 1” taller which fits just under my dining room table edge. Maybe this will work for you! ☺️

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Nov 12, 2018

    Get a sheet of cabinet grade 1/2" plywood. Cut down to size and shape of your desired table size. Use 1x1s along edges on the bottom perimeter of table top, glue and screw on. ( this is necessary to attach a decorative edging to perimeter of table). Buy a 1.5" decorative edge molding to cover up the raw edge of plywood and attach to the fixed 1x1s. Glue and finish nail the strips on, miter the corners. Fill in any visable nail holes or gaps with wood putty. Sand and stain or paint.

    Center on folding table and screw on in place , careful not to go thru top. May want to use a block of wood under plastic table to add more stability and thickness for the screws. I wouldn't add more than 2 feet beyond plastic table all the way around.

    Or , you can go to a thrift store and buy a table the size you want and refinish. I got a 6ft oak table yesterday at Goodwill for $30. It was cheaper than a sheet of plywood and had prettier legs than a folding table.

  • 1401470 1401470 on Nov 13, 2018

    Cut and assemble a 2 x 4 (wood) frame and then add the boards on top. Make sure the top sits right over the top and your done. Using fence boards would be light for the top of the table. Make sure to sand and finish with a stain or paint and measure before you cut.