Metal Fabrication for tailgate table

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dougie117

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Does anyone in the Charlotte-metro area have any connections with a simple metal fabricator or have the tools at their house/shop to bend metal?

I'm wanting to build a fold down tailgate table for my JK. I know I can buy one but the price is way too high for two thin pieces of aluminum, two hinges and some wire.
 
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avgjoe624

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What type of plan are you looking at? Im in the fayetteville area, work with the military and we have an entire "free to use" metal shop, or i could do it at the house. Plus, im probably going to do the same for myself.
 

dougie117

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I'd love to have some space and a workshop to tinker around in. One day...

I feel like it'd be pretty handy to have wherever I go on top of being a space saver vs having to remember to pack a table that undoubtedly take up more room. As for model/plan I would say what is in the link below. I can do without the slide out - it's neat but originally I just envisioned the typical two piece clam-shell design with two hinge brackets, cable, and some fasteners. As for securing it when not in use I've seen a lot of simple ways to do that (magnets, brackets, lock-and-pin, etc.). I have measurements for just about everything. I have the method but don't have the means.

Drop Down Tailgate Table - by Front Runner