I’m not sure how authentic this folding table is as far as being a period piece of furniture. However, the craftsman of that era: were certainly skilled enough to make something similar. The designed on the same premise as the folding stooljust simpler. Kind of like the old TV tables that used to be around the same ones I ate many meals on growing up.
When set up measures approximately 30” x 36” and yet folds down to 4” thick when transporting from campsite to campsite or even as an extra work surface at home. The table would make a great place to do puzzles.
The table can be constructed out of any material, even plywood for the top, I might suggest hardwood for strength and durability. It will be a little heavier but the added strength will be worth it.
Keep in mind the legs must be cut at a 30 degree angle so the top will lay flat and have a good footing on the ground. I did design this project with screws in mind, but for purists all of the screws could be replaced with the appropriate doweling.
Serving tray or bedside table for the poorly, which ever you prefer. Maybe even a breakfast in bed treat on a special day. Whatever the purpose it will come in quite handy.
The tray and stand are two separate pieces. The stand gives you a place to land with your tray full of food or whatever you are carrying.
When not in use the tray hangs on the outer legs so it takes up less space. There are flexible bands across the upper stretchers that you adjust to the correct size to fit your tray when deployed to accept the serving tray.
The leg assembly are joined using ¼” dowels and pivot on a ¼” carriage bolt installed about 2/3 of the way down the legs. (See plan template for details)
The server tray is shown with box (finger) joints however if you desire you could easily use dovetails during construction. The tray slats nest into ¼” dado’s on all edges. I have shown the project using assorted colors for the materials this is just for clarity; mind you I think it looks pretty sweet.