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How to Build a Flip-Down Table

Don't have a place to eat in your kitchen? Follow these step-by-step instructions for adding extra space.

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Double-Duty Dining

This itty-bitty kitchen had no place to dine, but in less than one day and on a budget of $200, we created a simple fold-down table made out of basic materials. Handyman and carpenter Thad Mills was recruited to help out with the project.

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Get Started

Determine the size of the table you want to create. Anything around 22" to 24" deep is a good dimension. This table seats two, so it's 23" deep and 47" wide.

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Build the Wall Frame

Use a circular saw to cut out the back of the table frame. Cut 1" x 4" pine boards to frame your plywood. For this frame, we cut two board lengths at 48" long and two board lengths at 22 1/2" long.

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Glue It Right

Apply wood glue to the edges of the plywood.

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