Packable Camp Table

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  1. OaklandStrom

    OaklandStrom Long timer

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    I have the REI rollup aluminum table (http://www.rei.com/product/765280/rei-camp-roll-table) that I take car camping. I guess I could take it bike camping, but I don't.

    This, however, is one of the more useful camping items out there.
    http://www.amazon.com/Tricam-WP-20-...f=sr_1_10?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1358186808&sr=1-10

    It's a low table, stool, bench, work bench, whatever. I have a different brand that wasn't $60. Actually, I have several. If I take the truck camping, I'll end up having more than one with me.
    It would suck on a bike.

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  2. rboett

    rboett posser noob 205

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  3. Montauk

    Montauk Been here awhile

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    Can you show pictures of the side angle along with new pivot point at the sides. And another showing the bottom closed and fully extended.

    Thanks. I liked way you did. I don't quite like the 18" REO Roll-Top Table, it's the packing I don't like. I want to make it even smaller and low eight to fit my Kermit Chair.
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  4. ElMartillo

    ElMartillo I See Faces...

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    Thanks, I'll take more photos and post within a coupla days.

    Cheers! :thumb
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  5. rboett

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    That's what we need, a Kermit Table! :clap
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  6. Xeraux

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    Here's ADVMax choking his chicken in my Kermit chair and 18" roll-top table.

    8" seems like it'd be a little low.
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  7. Montauk

    Montauk Been here awhile

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    This table by company some like GSI or Gxx is no longer available. The stopped making them.
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  8. ElMartillo

    ElMartillo I See Faces...

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    To clarify, the table I modified ended up 12" high.

    It is a bit low, but useful for most camp chairs.
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  9. markjenn

    markjenn Long timer

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    I've used one of these for years for car camping....

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    but carrying any table on a motorcycle seems to me to be over that admittedly gray line between carrying stuff you really need and carrying crap that mostly overloads the bike.

    - Mark
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  10. Xeraux

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  11. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    What brand is your 18' table?
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  12. Xeraux

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  13. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    Thanks.....
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  14. meatwitheyes

    meatwitheyes Bon Vivant

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  15. RideAbout

    RideAbout Mentally Retired

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    What you smoking Micheal? $50 on a table when there are rocks, stumps and dead possums laying about that will support your camp-stove and beer cozee! :lol3
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  16. meatwitheyes

    meatwitheyes Bon Vivant

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    Me! ….. It's not for me….. I would neverrrrr....... well

    Many of the inmates of this asylum are forever in search of the lighter more compact gadget. So they may make their outdoor experience even more like an indoor experience. I was simply providing a service by passing on information to aid them in their quest for more and lighter stuff.
    But back to me …. I am perfectly happy to set my cozeeeed beer on a dead possum in fact if said possum is not to long dead they make a mighty fine pillow and not bad smoking either…..




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  17. SgtDuster

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    Talking about Ebay and chinse stuff...you can find these folding tables there too, for less than 50$:


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    I don't dislike the aluminium one. Not sure I'd use it but it looks cool.
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  18. ElMartillo

    ElMartillo I See Faces...

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    Per request, here's a run-through of the 3 basic modifications to the $23 Walmart table.

    First, I removed the two outer slats by drilling out the rivets underneath:

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    KEEP IN MIND, THE FOLLOWING PHOTOGRAPHS ARE POST-MODIFICATION.

    Next, I trimmed off the slat supports, as close to the remaining slats as possible, using a file to remove burrs and sharp corners:

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    I then removed the leg supports by removing the round plastic buttons and drilling out the rivets. I then moved the support as close to the slats as I could with the table closed, and re-riveted. The aluminum is so thin you don't really need a drill, you can push a hole through with a punch. After riveting, replaced the plastic buttons:

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    After the above step, I removed the plastic "feet", and chopped the legs. Replaced "feet".

    Lastly, I changed the leg pivot point. To do this you'll need to drill out the existing rivets, and replace with a coupla binding rivets. I also used nylon washers. The binding rivets can be purchased at Home Depot. This is a stock photo, they are not the length I used:

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    I picked a point about halfway down the new, shorter legs. You can see the old pivot holes circled in red:

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    Final dimensions are 18.5"w x 14.5"d x 12"h open, 18.5" x 16.25" x 2" folded.

    I hope this helps!

    Cheers :thumbup
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  19. Brun

    Brun Been here awhile

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    I had been thinking about the need for a Table Shaped Object (TSO) for a couple of years whilie struggling with all sorts of makeshift arrangements. Recently I added a single seat and wooden pack rack to transform my old R90 into a sort of up-market postie bike. I also made some new soft bags to go with this setup. To mount the bags properly I then needed some Rack Shaped Objects (RSOs). At this stage it dawned on me that two connected RSOs looked pretty similar to a TSO, if a lid could be added. So here is my particular DIY solution.

    The RSO / TSO sitting inverted on the wooden rack. The black stuff is rubber sheet. The lid is 9mm hardwood marine ply with a few coats of marine varnish. Legs are 6mm stainless rod, Bars between legs are 25x3 and 40x3 stainless. I ground rounded points on the feet so they can stick into the ground if necessary.

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    Bags hanging off the subframe with the TSO in place. There is a bit of soft grippy material to protect the rack.

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    Bag straps tensioned over the TSO to hold it all together, and my bedroll pack on top.

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    I've done about 2500kms with this setup. The TSO has proved its usefulness, but I'm now looking for a bigger bit of marine ply. The table could be somewhat larger in length and breadth.

    O and here is a shot of the sort of use the table has been getting.

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  20. ElMartillo

    ElMartillo I See Faces...

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    Nice looking setup. I like the custom wooden back rack, everything looks like it works well and is pleasing to the eye.

    Cheers! :thumbup
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