Vanagon – front table stand

From the same twisted R&D department that brought you the “Excelsior” toaster, comes this slightly silly stand for the Westy front table. It is kinda nice to have a low table beside the camp chairs, something to put your drinks and snacks on. One could modify a cheap camera tripod to do the same thing, but when one of those tripods are set  low they don’t have a heck of a lot of stability. A box works well as a support, but really, that’s far too practical and sensible.

Again, made from scraps – 6061 aluminium, stainless bolts, and some Delrin. The leg to hub connection does look a bit weak, but if it fails I’ll go from the M8 threaded stud to a M10. You would be right thinking the 3/4″ diameter legs, at that angle, put some strain on the connection to the hub. But the open ends of the legs dig into the ground and stiffens things up.

Table sits about 16.5″ high.

Yes, I could have, maybe should have, female threaded the base of the hub so it could be left attached to the table and the stock “leg” in the van could screw into it. That was too much work to do 🙂

Oh I should mention this is a front table from a later year Westy. The older version has a short section of pipe sticking down from the table.






  1. #1 by famillysyncro on July 21, 2013 - 11:01 am

    Looks nice Alistair.
    I like it because it doesn’t take much room when it is apart…..
    Did you modify the original table support in the van or do you use this table only outside?


    • #2 by albell on July 21, 2013 - 11:19 am


      When I got my ’82 westy back in ’93, it was missing the front table. The support was there so we often used the rear table up front, swung between the seats. Just the other week, I made a trade with a friend, my old ’82 front table support for the later type front table support plus table.

      I think the front table goes missing from vans as it is a little bit of a pain for some, to pack it along. And do you really need 2 tables? So the table stand was my way of trying to make the front table a bit more useful.

      BTW, lots of work being done by you Jerome. I’ll have some comments 🙂



      • #3 by oldfussbudget on July 21, 2013 - 11:29 am

        The large table stows nicely at the after end of the upper berth, allowing the small table to stow mounted over the lockers aft. This refers to the old pipe-mount tables.

      • #4 by famillysyncro on July 21, 2013 - 1:51 pm

        Ok, got it, that make sense. I forgot about the back table as, well we don’t have a camper.
        I got 2 tables and 1 home made (really nice), 2 stands (1 long, 1 short) and 1 front support by a friend. I was planning to make a support at the back of the kitchen cabinet for another table but I don’t think we’ll need it as we only use the front one anyway.

        But as you, we use the cooler to make an outside table and there is always something left in the cooler that is needed….

        Hope you’ll have more luck with your comments….


  2. #5 by oldfussbudget on July 21, 2013 - 11:26 am

    Looks nice. Tippy?

    • #6 by albell on July 21, 2013 - 11:58 am

      not one bit. The legs are splayed out pretty wide, beyond edge of table.


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