How To: Build a Drawbridge "Murphy Table" Countertop

Jason's February Jumpstart Project 2009

Title: Murphy Table
Name: Jason Valalik
Time: 2 weekends or probably about 10-12 hours
Cost: Not including the purchase of the table saw, about $200.

Jason created this "Murphy Table" using an IKEA butcher block countertop and some heavy duty cable. With industrial and utilitarian appeal, this project should appeal to many of our readers. Click above for the pics and head below for all the instructions. Give Jason a THUMBS UP if you find this project helpful...

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UP POSITION

TOOLS:
Table saw
Jigsaw
Orbital Sander
Wire cables and hardware
Level
Tape
Measure

STEPS:
1. Drew out idea.
2. Went to IKEA to pick up wood
3. Cut supporting piece that would wrap around post.
4. Attached braces to wall in which that supporting piece would rest on (level it)
5. Cut out U shaped area that will need to clear the header beam when you lift the table up.
6. Sand down and radius the edges.
7.But up table end against support piece and rest on adjustable saw horses so everything is level.
8. Attach hinges to both supporting piece, first, then main table area.
9. Fold up table against wall
10. Attach carriage bolt underneath
11. Measure out cables and hardware erring on the short side (you can always add length through hardware).
12. Insert carriage bolt
13. pull table down and rest on horses again
14. Screw in supporting eye hole/or hook into beam. I know I have a thick structured beam back there to support the table. Make sure the support can handle it.
15. Attach cables to beam hook mount
16. Attach the other end to the carriage bolt that is mounted and threaded through on the bottom.
17. Level
18. Remove horses — Taaa -daaa

RESOURCES:
IKEA for the butcher block tops
Lowes for the cable.
Just make sure you buy the right wire cutters for the cable.

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