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Posted: 02/24/21 08:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rounding the corners, even an inch, or two, in radius would make a huge difference in comfort. Four small openings when the table top is in the bed position won’t matter. I’d just pencil in the radius using an appropriate round lid off a plastic container and use a belt sander to round it out. A little smoothing with a finishing sander, some dark stain on the wood and done. Keep it simple, and near no cost.


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Boomer, you are right about the corners. But some dinette tables are not wood -- they are made of MDF, with a plastic overlay. As soon as you cut into the plastic, that ugly MDF shows up -- it is basically compressed cardboard. Not sure if that is true of the OP's table.

The other trick is getting the plastic laminate to cut cleanly. I've tried all sorts of blades on my scroll saw, at various speeds, and have never been satisfied with my work -- there are always chips in the plastic.


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So I spoke to some people with the newer generation of my exact Trailer that does have a round table as opposed to rectangular, however at the same time does not have spacers or anything for the gaps the table leaves.

Apparently the secret is that the 2 cushions that go down over the table gap have thin plywood backers between the outside material and the foam. So they become part of the structure and bridge the gap the round table leaves.

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profdant139 wrote:

Boomer, you are right about the corners. But some dinette tables are not wood -- they are made of MDF, with a plastic overlay. As soon as you cut into the plastic, that ugly MDF shows up -- it is basically compressed cardboard. Not sure if that is true of the OP's table.

The other trick is getting the plastic laminate to cut cleanly. I've tried all sorts of blades on my scroll saw, at various speeds, and have never been satisfied with my work -- there are always chips in the plastic.

Router with laminite blade. At least thats how we did it in shop class 35 years ago.


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Good idea! I've got to get a router and learn how to use it safely.

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Thats why the solid wood table is a good idea, after 35 years i would need to learn how to cut laminate again also! Lol.

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