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Old 11-08-2018, 01:11 PM   #41
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If you place the table on top a little off square like in the picture below, then grab the ring nut after it has been spun on, twisting the table and the nut further will lock the table in position.
Reversing the procedure will unlock it without the need for the pliers.
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Old 11-08-2018, 01:14 PM   #42
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I reversed my door in my 19 for better egress from the dinette and outside areas, so that limit can be changed, if need be.
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:11 PM   #43
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Small table for Eggscape

The short story...I wanted to build a U Shaped dinette. This requires a smaller table. Ours slides front to back and not side to side.

The details...We really like the look of a U Shaped dinette in Escape trailers. Since I built my own, the U part has a removable seat so we can also still sit in the traditional manner. I just wanted to point this out, as I am going to show you some different configurations that we can achieve with a smaller table. Seeing the photos may help people in deciding if a small table is right for them.

The width of the new table is the same as the factory one so it still can form some of the bed platform...approximately 30 inches. The front to rear measurement is 24 inches and this is due to one major factor. We have a “Rona” big box hardware store (I think they are now owned by Lowe’s) and they carry Arborite or Formica 2 ft by 4 ft handi panels for $6 each. I would assume that when the manufacturer chips/breaks a full sheet they cut and sell off the rest in the smaller sheets. By making the table 2 ft wide this means there is only one side to cut. I picked up enough sheets of the same product to replace the fridge front and the counter top...$25 well spent for a custom look. I was going to put metal trim around the table but after sanding the multi layer plywood edge, it turned out great. I just gave it a paint with some flat black Tremclad. Part sheets can also be found at used building supply stores such as Restore.

I used the sliders from the factory table but we decided to have it move front to back and not side to side. This works great for us as we can slide it all the way to the front cushion when we are lounging, leaving lots of room. I also used the factory knob to secure the table from sliding during transport.

Below is a photo of the underside of the table as I was updating it. I did find that the plywood the leg was screwed into flexes a bit. To solve this you can see a third piece of plywood between the other two that I am sliding into position. It got glued and screwed to the leg plywood. It is also just the right thickness to put a little tension on the sliders. This takes up any slack in the sliders making for a more stable table.
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:16 PM   #44
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Here is the max seating configuration with the table pulled all the way to the rear of the trailer. This would be for my wife and I, our daughter and husband and our grandchild on the end. The big plates are 10 inch dia
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:20 PM   #45
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This is our lounging position with the table push all the way to the front cushion. Plenty of room to enter and exit all day without having to push the table around.
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:22 PM   #46
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This center position is the norm for our eating.
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:27 PM   #47
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Since we can remove the Center seat of the U shape dinette and swivel the top on the Cheapfield base, this seating for 4 provides lots of belly room and is just generally more relaxing than a tight table.
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:29 PM   #48
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And for us and just the granddaughter.
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:45 AM   #49
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Really like this and BIG THANKS for taking the time to post all the pictures. I do not have the skill level you have but this is a mod I want to do one day for sure.

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Old 11-11-2018, 03:02 PM   #50
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Really like this and BIG THANKS for taking the time to post all the pictures. I do not have the skill level you have but this is a mod I want to do one day for sure.
If you do not use your table as a bed then you may find a pre made top at IKEA or similar store. Yesterday at Walmart I saw a 24 inch square flat pack end table for $17. It was thick with a black vinyl type top and 4 legs you screwed to the under side.
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