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Old 02-11-2015, 06:35 PM   #1
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Dinette table modification!

There are times when our dinette table is too big when we're just watching TV, reading or using our tablets. So, I have been thinking about making the table a drop leaf table. I found a nice height adjustable pedastal on amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It arrived this afternoon, and it's a pretty nice pedastal. Aside from height adjustable, it allow for rotating the table. There are other pedestals available, but some of them require an opening in the floor, and I didn't want to do that. You can also get a pedestal with gas assist for raising & lowering, but they're over $300.

So, as soon as the weather allows (so it isn't too cold in the garage), I'm going to slice off about 7" off each end of the table for the leaves, put some laminate on the cut edges, install some leaf supports and piano hinges. With only one post instead of two, it should be easier to naviage around the table. So, when it's done, I'll try to post a couple of pics.

If anyone has done something like this and has any tips or suggestions, please post them.
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I wish I had that problem...ie, table too big.
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I looked that up on Amazon and it looks like a good way to go. Does it lower enough to still use the table top for the bed? It looks like it would be more stable than the bases and post that these manufactures use now. That's the one thing that I don't like about most TT's is their tables all wobble.
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The top of the pedestal measures 22" and then you would have to add the thickness of the table top. That may make it too high, but I haven't measured the height of the seat platform in our trailer. We never use the dinette as a bunk, so I'm not worried about it. I don't see any easy way of modifying the base and you can't remove the upper part of the pedastal from the lower part.
The aluminum finish is much nicer than the posts that were used by Winnebago.
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If you are going to change the pedestal why not start with a piece of plywood to make a new top and see how it works before cutting up the existing top. It won't be a lot of work to make the prototype but it can save you a real mess if it does not work. ;-)
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I hope I don't choke on these words later but I've looked at the measurements and layout and feel confident about the outcome.
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