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Posted: 10/27/2004 11:21:09 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/27/2004 11:23:28 AM EST by Rip_Roarin_Wacko]
It's been one of those things I have been meaning to get to, but never seem to get around to doing. I've been shooting off the tailgate of my truck or a piece of plywood and a couple of saw horses. Both of which suck. I have never used a range (Semi-rural Arizona! Gotta love it.), so it's always a use what ya got situation.
Anyway, here's what I whipped up the other evening in the garage.

It's made from a sheet of 3/4" plywood I cut in half to make 2 pieces of 4x4 ft.
I glued the two pieces together using carpenters glue and then screwed them together using deck screws around the perimeter to take the curl out and get 100% contact between the sheets, ending up with a 1.5" thick tabletop. I put cut outs on both sides because I'm a southpaw and everyone else in the world isn't. It makes it wider, but it also makes it heavier, so I guess it's a good thing. I added a set of folding table legs using 1/4" " carriage bolts , and three coats of urethane finish and VIOLA!, a pretty nice platform to shoot from.

I can’t believe I’ve spent all this time cussing the crap I was shooting off of when it only took me a bout 3 hours to knock this out, not counting the paint drying time.

Here's all the materials you'll need

1 - 3/4" plywood.
20 - 1 1/2" deck screws
1 - set folding table legs
8 - 1/4" x 3 1/2" carriage bolts
8 - 1/4" x 3 1/2" carriage bolts
16 - 1/4" flat washers
16 - 1/4" nuts
2 - 2x4" one foot long. Use these to raise one set of legs from bottom of table so don't interfere with the other set and fold up properly.
1- bottle Elmers yellow carpenter glue.
1- sheet course sand paper (60grit)
1 - sheet fine sand paper (220 grit)
1 - pint polyurathane finish

Link Posted: 10/27/2004 1:54:15 PM EST
Nice looking table !! My club just build a new outdoor pistol range but we won't have money for the built in benches for another year or so. I may whip one of these up for myself !
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 3:39:10 PM EST
Thats pretty slick.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 4:28:32 PM EST
Now that I may very well copy. Good looking table!!
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 5:14:47 PM EST
Where did you get the folding table legs?
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 7:31:34 PM EST

Originally Posted By imposter:
Where did you get the folding table legs?



Off of a folding table, maybe??
Link Posted: 10/28/2004 5:07:29 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/28/2004 5:07:38 AM EST by prebans]

Originally Posted By Jason280:

Originally Posted By imposter:
Where did you get the folding table legs?



Off of a folding table, maybe??



Some of us don't want to canabalize a perfectly good folding table.

Mike

PS. Rip-Roaring: I'm in Gold Canyon, AZ. Where are you?
Link Posted: 10/28/2004 7:54:17 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/28/2004 7:54:51 AM EST by ktrout01]
You can buy folding table leg sets from Woodworker's Warehouse, Harbor Freight or places like Rockler Wood Worker
Link Posted: 10/28/2004 9:22:00 AM EST
Home Depot. they were $20
Any hardware store will have them.
Link Posted: 10/28/2004 12:52:16 PM EST
That is sexy! I love the folding legs... my shooting table is just a pain in the ass to haul out with fixed legs.


- BG
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 6:30:13 AM EST
Nice! What was your total cost?

Seems like a good "bench" is something a lot of us have way down on our "to-do" list.

A+ for motivation!
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 1:57:02 PM EST
Good looking bench, but the damn thing looks backwards...
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 2:49:56 PM EST

Originally Posted By davidp14:
Nice! What was your total cost?

Seems like a good "bench" is something a lot of us have way down on our "to-do" list.

A+ for motivation!



I didn't keep tabs on all the prices, but a rough guesstimate is

$35 plywood
$20 table legs
$6 Polyurathane
$ 5 Nut-Bolts-washers
$1.50 foam paint brush

Total about $70
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 3:28:02 PM EST
That turned out great!

I've had the very same idea for quite a while. I've even had the folding legs for umm...3 or 4 yrs. ... just haven't gotten "around" to building the table.

Your's sure turned out nice. Congrats.
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