Roll-up table top

Roll up tables have many uses in camp two spars lashed between four large tent pegs with a roll-up tabletop provide a quick and easy surface to raise food or equipment above the ground.

We make our tabletops from sawn plaster lathes, which come in 6ft lengths and are 25mm x 6mm thick. They can be purchased from good timber merchants and are not expensive. They should be cut into 2ft lengths for the tables (do not try to make your roll-up tables any wider as the lathes will break if you put any weight on them).

You also need strong webbing or tape between 1/2" and 3/4" wide and a heavy-duty stapler.

The tabletops are made by using two lengths of webbing at either end of the lathes.

Wind the end of the webbing around the end lathe and staple it very securely so that ends B and C come from underneath the lathe and A and D on top.

Lay the next lathe parallel to the first and about 1/2" from it - you will need to experiment with the spacing as it will depend on the thickness of the lathes and the type of webbing used - the table needs to roll. Ends B and C pass over the top of the second lathe and A and D go under it. Staple B and C to the lathe.

The third lathe is put in place and ends A and D taken over it and stapled, while B and C pass under it. Continue taking each end under and over the lathes and stapling them in place until the tabletop is the required length.

Very carefully (this may take more than one person) turn the table over to expose the unstapled side and staple it.

Staple an extra length of webbing to one of the end lathes so that when the table is rolled up it can be tied in place.

If you are unable to get suitable webbing, these tables can be made using strong waxed twine. This can be longer lasting but is more fiddly to make as it involves drilling 8 holes in each lathe and threading the twine through the holes alternately.