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Feild desk table??

Post by kjm » Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:27 pm

Hello,
I'm looking for plans or prints for a military feild desk TABLE?
Can any body help?
Thank's to all, Kjm


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Re: Feild desk table??

Post by BillyClanton » Sat Apr 03, 2010 5:44 am

The WW2 tables were real similar to the ones still available except the legs weren't round & tapered. The WW2 table folded but had square legs. The round ones were VN era & later
Are you asking about the portable field desk? That was a different set-up and the table was the trunk lid, mounted on the side.
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Post by cripp » Sat Apr 03, 2010 7:53 am

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Post by kjm » Sat Apr 03, 2010 8:40 am

Thank's guys, this is grate, just what i'm looking for.

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Post by Lew Ladwig » Sat Apr 03, 2010 3:20 pm

Did the originals have a plywood top?
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Post by BillyClanton » Sat Apr 03, 2010 5:46 pm

Cripp's post "Click Here" is an excellent diagram of the table & fully explains all asked questions. Thank you , sir, for that blueprint.
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Post by Lew Ladwig » Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:00 am

Looks like I found my next wood working project. I guess the bathroom remodel will have to wait again!
Does anyone have some good pictures of the real thing?
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Post by Lew Ladwig » Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:01 am

A couple of hardware questions to get this right:
On a real desk, was a bolt used to go thru the metal strap or was a stud welded there? If a bolt went thru, was it "staked" to keep it from working out?
Did a washer go between the wing nut and the wood?
Did the bolt holding the bracket to the center board have a single lock washer?
I know, no one will ever look at this part but I am a detail nut.
Also, were any holes-voids in the plywood edge filled? Or was a wood trim piece put there ?
What kind of manufactures markings were put on the underside? Anyone have a picture ?

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Re: M-1943 Field desk table drawing

Post by Goranwc51 » Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:24 am

Here's a drawing of the M-1943 Field Desk. I picked up this drawing off the internet, and don't know who made it. Perhaps someone knows who did so I can post it?

These tables are very handy to have around and are very easy to build if you have normal woodworking skills and tools.
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Re: Feild desk table??

Post by Tapper02 » Sat Apr 24, 2010 7:43 pm

From an original that I saw, here are some answers:
Lew Ladwig wrote:A couple of hardware questions to get this right:
On a real desk, was a bolt used to go thru the metal strap or was a stud welded there? If a bolt went thru, was it "staked" to keep it from working out?
Yes, the bolt is welded to the U-bracket.
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Lew Ladwig wrote:Did a washer go between the wing nut and the wood?
Yes, there was a washer and you need one or else you'll chew up the wood tightening the wingnut down.
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Lew Ladwig wrote:Did the bolt holding the bracket to the center board have a single lock washer?
No lockwasher, just a locknut.
Lew Ladwig wrote:I know, no one will ever look at this part but I am a detail nut.
Also, were any holes-voids in the plywood edge filled? Or was a wood trim piece put there ?
The desk I saw didn't have any gaps or voids like you're talking about. I filled mine in with wood putty before painting.
Lew Ladwig wrote:What kind of manufactures markings were put on the underside? Anyone have a picture ?
Yes, there was a manufacturers stamp but I didn't get a picture of it and can't remember what it included. It's still at the Army Surplus down the road so I'll check it out and post a picture with dimensions(letter size) for you.

The plans posted by Goran are what I used. I built 4 tables (best use of plywood). I had to have the U-brackets fabricated and they came out to right at $10 apiece. Total investment per table including wood, hardware and paint was $95. The only thing mine are missing are the clips to hold the U-bracket in the "stowed" position. Here are some other pics (all pics are my repro, but based off the original):

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Re: Feild desk table??

Post by BillyClanton » Sat Apr 24, 2010 8:19 pm

Coleman's used to carry these in stock but had round legs for about a hundred or less. Legs could be replaced fairly easily
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Re: Feild desk table??

Post by Lew Ladwig » Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:04 pm

Cool,
That's what I was looking for.
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Re: Feild desk table??

Post by kjm » Sun Apr 25, 2010 8:52 am

Round legs are 1960s, tapered legs 3" down to 2" are WWII, 2"x2" are post wwii war.
table tops for wwii should be 1" T & G.

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Re: Feild desk table??

Post by podski » Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:05 pm

Tom,

Where did you get the straps for holding the legs folded?

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Re: Feild desk table??

Post by Tapper02 » Sun Apr 25, 2010 1:18 pm

Ken,
Gary Stone (rationcrate.com) gave them to me. He had some extras left over from an order he had made from WeeBee Webbing. They are 1" wide x 16" long, including hardware (1" tongueless buckle and webbing tip).

-Tom
podski wrote:Tom,

Where did you get the straps for holding the legs folded?

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