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Hog On Ice
2013-03-27, 12:08
I was interested in trying an idea that came from a couple other forums - basically a small table that can be tied to a tree and supported with a stick or a trekking pole. ref: http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php/55865-DIY-Table and http://www.bushcraftuk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=105317

The way in which I put it together however is a bit unusual - I wanted light weight and multipurpose so I chose corrugated plastic as the material to use - wired together with 18 gauge steel wire to form the attachment points for the line tied around the tree and the prop stick. This was easy to do with the corrugated plastic since the wire fits very nicely into the corrugation channels. A single sheet would have probably worked ok but I sandwiched two sheets together for more support. As for multipurpose the main thought that I had was that this table could also be a frame sheet in a frameless pack or a homemade pack. A secondary usage is that the plastic could also serve as a cutting board provided the user was not too heavy handed.

The two sheets were wired together on each side and in the center as can hopefully be seen in the pictures.

The table plus lines weighs 4.51 ounces or 128 grams - not as light as I was hoping for but ...

The size of the surface is approximately 14x7 inches or 36x18 cm

The table does support a US gallon of water (my test case) - approx. 8.35 lb or 3.79 kg but I found it best to put it closer to the tree for reasons of stability - the surface tends to twist the closer the heavy weight is to the end with the prop stick.

The next test I will try gluing the sheets together to get better stability out toward the prop stick attachment point.

atraildreamer
2013-03-27, 18:37
I was interested in trying an idea that came from a couple other forums - basically a small table that can be tied to a tree and supported with a stick or a trekking pole. ref: http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php/55865-DIY-Table and http://www.bushcraftuk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=105317

The way in which I put it together however is a bit unusual - I wanted light weight and multipurpose so I chose corrugated plastic as the material to use - wired together with 18 gauge steel wire to form the attachment points for the line tied around the tree and the prop stick. This was easy to do with the corrugated plastic since the wire fits very nicely into the corrugation channels. A single sheet would have probably worked ok but I sandwiched two sheets together for more support. As for multipurpose the main thought that I had was that this table could also be a frame sheet in a frameless pack or a homemade pack. A secondary usage is that the plastic could also serve as a cutting board provided the user was not too heavy handed.

The two sheets were wired together on each side and in the center as can hopefully be seen in the pictures.

The table plus lines weighs 4.51 ounces or 128 grams - not as light as I was hoping for but ...

The size of the surface is approximately 14x7 inches or 36x18 cm

The table does support a US gallon of water (my test case) - approx. 8.35 lb or 3.79 kg but I found it best to put it closer to the tree for reasons of stability - the surface tends to twist the closer the heavy weight is to the end with the prop stick.

The next test I will try gluing the sheets together to get better stability out toward the prop stick attachment point.

I came up with a similar idea, but I utilize the local, indigenous wildlife to help out:

SGT Rock
2013-03-27, 20:01
Heavier than I imagined it would be.

Hog On Ice
2013-03-27, 20:04
Heavier than I imagined it would be.

yeah but not unexpected for the first try - just needs more work (I hope)

SGT Rock
2013-03-27, 22:14
This is that one I was telling you about: http://www.outdoortrailgear.com/cottage-industries/smokeeater908/smokeeater908-lightweight-cook-table/

http://www.outdoortrailgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/alum-table-002-sm.jpg

Skidsteer
2013-03-27, 22:20
That stove on the right is way too purdy to set fire to.

JAK
2013-03-31, 20:48
Interesting idea. Would be very handy in winter.
Hanging stoves is another interesting idea.