Trying to find Mouse Real Estate in NYC…The Struggle is Real

This is how I work in front of my TV (aka my computer monitor) while I sit on the couch. So for awhile I was on the hunt for a bigger, portable, fold-able table…yea, couldn’t find one so I did the next best thing. DIY Extended Table YAY! And yes it still folds. Super easy fix, should have done this sooner.

ToolsItems Needed:

  • Foldable Table
  • Brush for the Wood Stain
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Damp Paper Towels (or something to wipe away the dust from the sanding)
  • Sheet of Wood – (We got plywood, 3’x1.5′, cut in Home Depot for free) Depth, Length and Width size is completely up to you!
  • Sandpaper (We chose 80 grit <— no experience whatsoever with sanding and grit size, but I thought this would do since the post-cut edges were splinter-y).
  • Gorilla Glue (I think this is optional, but I just put in on because I had it around and wanted that extra “stay on, please don’t fall off if I rest my elbows on you” power.)
  • Wood Stain of your choosing (This one was called “Black Cherry” and it’s a stain and finish)

The Process

Step 1: Clean up the folding table, make sure there’s no oil, residue, dust on top. In this step I also folded the table onto the floor to make things a little more stable…Didn’t want to fall over a table with glue on it :/ Or while hammering nails on it… *shudders* I could just imagine…the horror…

Step 2: Measure your plywood to the fold-able table and see how you want the extended table Nail and gorilla glueto look. For example, the edge of the fold- able table closest me would be flush with the edge of the plywood …Don’t ask me why I just wanted it that way, for reference you can see it in the featured image or picture all the way at the end.(Or you could also do it so the sides are equal all around like a sane, normal person) Once done figuring out the perfect position, add the glue to the top of the fold-able table and press the plywood on top of it.

DSC_9938Step 3: Once flat you can measure for the right size nails. Too long and you may need a tetanus shot in the future… Anywho, nail them on top of plywood going into the fold-able-table. I ended up using 4 of these nails (2 on each side). I also tried to aim for the “support beam” things underneath the folding table. (If you do end up going through the table underneath, perhaps you can put some play dough or clay to cover that sharp nail. Even those sticky nubs used to keep items from slipping/ or cabinets from making noise when they close, may work too. Just don’t get cut!! >_<).sanding

Step 4: SAND, SAND, SAND! Sand those edges and put your shoulder into it. I made my edges a little curved, especially the corners. I just felt for smoothness to figure out when to stop sanding. Luckily, the wooden board I chose was already prepped for staining. In the Home Depot lumbar section, there are comments on what could be done with the different boards there. For example, if they are ready to be painted, stained, used for cabinetry etc. Once done wipe away all the dust with a damp cloth…if you don’t you will see it in Step 5.

Step 5: Staining. It’s pretty much like painting a fence…Karate_Kid_Lesson_4_Paint_the_Fencefinished product
Slather on a few coats of stain (wait until each coat in between is dry…) If you cleaned well no bumpy stuff…which if you want you can sand these bumps off and then re-stain. Top pic is with only one layer. The bottom is with about 4 coats.

TA DA!!! Now you are a karate master, PAINT THE TABLE…wait no… erm…

New DIY extended table.


Ahhh space space space!!! So moral of the story, if something doesn’t feel right, fix it and then you will learn karate…wait what?

Thanks for joining in this adventure.

Stay curious!