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12/15/2020 03:47PM  

Last year's Titanium tree hung table worked great but I felt I wanted MORE room. This new design is based on other designs but attempting to be more stable. The adjustable aluminum bracket really secures it to a tree. The polyurethane coated Marine Grade, 4mm plywood is 19" x 24" and sized to slip into my Granite Gear Superior pack. It weighs 3 lbs which isn't bad at all for it's size. I made two of these.
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12/15/2020 05:03PM  
Helinox makes one that is almost that size and weighs less and does not require a tree.

Nice work though.
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12/15/2020 05:18PM  
I wanted the afforded stability of a tree and to not be bent over to the 15"Helinox height. This is about 40"" above the ground.
Savage Voyageur
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12/15/2020 05:33PM  
Very nice table. I like the height of this table. No more bending down. I think it could work as a dedicated fish cleaning station too.
12/15/2020 06:26PM  
Awesome design and craftsmanship.

I really like the height and stability. Perfect fish cleaning table.
member (47)member
12/16/2020 08:01AM  
I really hadn't considered using it for cleaning fish but that sure would work too. The fire bans I've seen over the years made me get more serious about using stoves and with them I wanted a lot of stability.
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12/16/2020 08:47AM  
I had to build my own kitchen table to get the one I wanted. A little heavy for camping, but my wife loves it!!

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12/16/2020 11:23PM  
BearBurrito: "I had to build my own kitchen table..."

Looks like a bear to portage. ;)

Nice work.
Grandma L
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12/24/2020 03:59PM  
I use a canoe and sometimes some collapsible tables. If we are just base camping I bring a table - otherwise it is the canoe. Got to be careful not to melt the canoe - there was no concern with the old Aluma but the new Kevlar might not like the hot stuff.
Old Timberline tent poles to make canoe rest.

12/24/2020 04:59PM  

A similar design being field-tested.
12/24/2020 06:01PM  

Looks like a great design for cleaning fish for a group fish fry.

I am tired of kneeling down on a rock down by the shore and fileting fish on my plastic cutting board. This old fisherman had knee replacement surgery this year and a waist high filet table would be just what I need ... my kneeling day’s are over.

Build instructions would be a great Christmas present.
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12/25/2020 10:42AM  
Here's mine that I made before our trips this past summer after chatting with folks on this site. Just a thin sheet of plywood, curve cut in so it fits around trees, and cord. Rounded and sanded all edges so it provides nice firmness to a portage pack back. Shower curtain loops keep ditty bags handy. Won't leave home without it now! Perfect for making coffee, meal prep, setting out snacks, and cocktail hour.
12/25/2020 06:17PM  
Wally13: "Phil,.....
Build instructions would be a great Christmas present. "

This table was assembled from scavenged parts.

Parts List:
Piece of 3/8" HDPE sheet - from dumpster at Milakokia Lake Campground
Tent poles and shock cord - from dumpster at Sylvania Wilderness
Duffle bag strap with buckle - spare rope tote box in my basement
Expoy glue, small washers.

Cut HDPE to a useable rectangular size. Cut an arching curve on one side to simulate the curve of a medium size tree. Drill 1/4" holes (MOL) in each corner. Countersink the front holes about 1/3 thickness of HDPE sheet.

Attach the duffle bag strap to the two holes on the back (curved) side of the cutting board/table. Use a strap length long enough to reach around a medium sized tree. I threaded the strap thru the holes from the top and secured to the tabletop with a jam knot under the table.

Use three equal lengths of tent pole with shock cord for each leg. Thread the shock cord up thru the table top. Slide a small washer onto the shock cord and tie a jam knot in the end of the shock cord. Allow the washer and jam knot to hide in the countersunk holes of the LDPE. Fill countersunk holes with epoxy to secure shock cord and cover knots and washer. If your knots remain above tabletop level, you will end up filleting then off when you are using the table to filet fish. Above picture shows knots exposed just prior to being cut off with the filet knife.

Make the tent pole lengths just a bit shorter than the width of your table.
Front table shock cord knots must be countersunk.
Adjust length of shock cord to allow proper tension of poles (legs).
For travel, fold up the legs and secure to the table top with the duffle bag strap.
For set up, tighten the strap around a tree AS TIGHT AS POSSIBLE. Position legs as needed to provide a level table. Use with care as usage can shift the table, strap and legs.

If this is not clear, ask questions and I'll try to clarify, --Phil

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12/26/2020 12:39PM  

This is the other table I made. Same sized marine grade plywood to fit in my GG Superior Pack (19 x 24) but made a different, simpler and lighter aluminum bracket to securely strap to the tree. I repurposed some telescopic legs off of an old camcorder tripod that adjust for height and are still lightweight. I like all the versions of tables that have been posted. Some are extremely light and simple. I complicated mine a bit to maximize size and stability.
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