My first attempt at making a table for my van was a simple slide out model that was hidden under the bed's mattress. I wanted a small table for us to eat on when we were trapped inside by bad weather and to play cards on. I decided to follow the same theme of using the pressed wood that I used for the top of the center console and the kitchen unit countertop. I attached a flexible handle on the front to pull it out with.
I had a couple of guides that came from an old desk that I dismantled and screwed them to the top of the bed frame.
This table served us for a while but it was too low for playing games and as an eating table. It worked great for a meal buffet but not so great as a table. I decided to make another one and mount it to the side door via the arm rest bolts. Again I used the same pressed wood for interior continuity. I made this table so it would fold up against the door and fold out for use when we were locked inside due to inclement weather. During good weather we always eat outside or under our van awning which I will cover in a later posting. This first image shows the table in use with the passenger seat swiveled around.
This image shows the table folded up for travel. It has a folding cut out so that we can easily access the door handle and locks.
This image shows how the PVC tubing table leg is attached to the bottom of the table with a PVC end cap screwed into the bottom of the table. The tubing leg can be removed and stored elsewhere in the van.
This image show the wood mounting frame underneath the table that it is mounted to with hinges and the two screws that bolt it onto the door via the door handle/arm rest. The two vertical pieces of insulating foam prevent rattles while traveling and the yellow twisty attached to the small eye-bolt hold it in place while traveling.
Another view of the table in traveling position before it is tied down with the yellow twisty. I also use a small bungee cord to hold the flip down part of the table tight while traveling.