(Video link here.) We were happy to see clever Snoopy pulling out a folding ping-pong table for his Thanksgiving crowd (along with an assortment of mismatched chairs). Covered with a cloth or kraft paper, nobody would know the difference.
He isn’t the only one cobbling together a table. It’s a yearly scramble for many people around the holidays. Our strategy: a bunch of little tables placed in such a way as to make a perfect base of a 4′ x 8′ sheet of plywood ( or two if necessary), which can be used for projects later on. Sawhorses also make great, flexible bases.
Or use my mother’s strategy: she hinged together two half circles of plywood that would open up to be a round top for 8 or 10, using her smaller everyday-round-table-for-four as a base. After the party she’d fold the top to its smaller footprint and slide it under the sofa until the next big bash. You could easily do the same with two rectangles.
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