installing a detachable table in my van conversion.
By on 7th September 2017

Originally I was not going to have a table in my van conversion due to the lack of room, but for the van to be registered as a motor camper on my V5 document a table is one of the requirements needed.

Now that I had built myself a table I am glad I’ve got one now, It even dissembles and tucks out of the way when not in use as well.

 

Installation

I purchased an island table leg set off the internet for £22. All I had to do was make the top part of the table.

1. Leg mount base

First, i drilled a hole in the floor for the leg base and then screwed to the floor.

installing a detachable table in my van conversion.

Leg mount base to go in the floor

 

installing a detachable table in my van conversion.

leg mount base

 

installing a detachable table in my van conversion.

Drilling hole in the floor for the leg base mount to go in and the screw to the floor.

 

2. Making the table

The table is made out of some left over wood. I decided to make the table square with round corners. It can be made into any shape really but I decided with a square.

I cut some wood into 5 same size lengths.

installing a detachable table in my van conversion.

5 lengths of wood same size.

 

Made a round shape on the 4 corners using masking tape roll.

installing a detachable table in my van conversion.

Making a round shape using masking tape roll.

 

installing a detachable table in my van conversion.

Now to cut along the line I made by marking around the masking tape.

 

installing a detachable table in my van conversion.

Sand to a smooth finish.

 

installing a detachable table in my van conversion.

wood strip used to screw the lengths of wood together.

 

installing a detachable table in my van conversion.

lengths of wood screwed together using a strip of wood on both ends of the table.

Before staining the table I sanded it all over to a smooth finish.

installing a detachable table in my van conversion.

staining the wood the same colour as everything else in van.

 

Once the stain dried I then screwed the leg table mount in the centre of the underneath side of the table.

installing a detachable table in my van conversion.

Leg mount for table in centre of table

 

installing a detachable table in my van conversion.

leg slots in the mount. and then into the floor.

 

installing a detachable table in my van conversion.

Table leg sits in floor mount and then the wood table on top of the leg.

3. Storage

When the table is not in use, it dissembles and then is stored on the side of my cupboard next to the sliding door.

I screwed a strip of wood to the side of the cupboard for the table to rest on and then a twisty hook made out of wood to keep the table in place.

installing a detachable table in my van conversion.

The table stored on the side of the cupboard.

The leg is also stored next to the table, I used a couple of U-clamps to hold it in place.

installing a detachable table in my van conversion.

The table stored next to sliding door.

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I have converted a standard Ford Transit van into a campervan to travel and explore the world wherever my heart desires.

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