I'm itching to get started on making the new cratch table, but I know I musn't until I have returned to Herbie to do a final accurate measure up. This I plan to do on Thursday.
Meanwhile I have not been idle. Firstly, I have been sourcing and costing all the bits I need. The good news is that I can find all the special hinges and stuff locally. The bad news is that it won't be a cheap table when you add it all up. My associates have been encouraging me to look long term and buy top quality parts and I take their point. So I reckon at least £65 (not counting all my travel costs!) in total if I buy good quality hinges, wood and varnish.
Secondly I have been producing these great 3-D drawings using Google Sketchup, which is a free download.
It is surprisingly easy once you get the hang. Once you have the drawing done you can move in and out at any angle. Very handy for a job like this.
Later I'm going to attempt some 3-D people to sit them at the table.