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    There is a commercially available one available

    from Ostrum Outdoors. Not cheap. But very well-designed.

    Jim

    http://ostromoutdoors.com/mason-kitchen-p-306.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jeff View Post
    This is a great idea. How does it stand up to packing? Does it get any creases? Where do you put it?
    I just noticed I didn't answer this question. I put it in my pack flat against my back. No problems with it creasing. I'm planning to go a little bigger but still have it fit flat against my back. I've considered making it foldable but I don't think it's necessary.

    The mason kitchen looks cool but at 6lbs (and $200) I would just use a real table.

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    Jeep, you said "I used the wire stand that came with it that is supposed to hold it up when used as a sign. I know I can get away with a thinner guage wire than that."
    How did you use the wire? Was it as a brace to make it stronger?
    I'm thinking if a person had removable pack stays or other short poles/shafts (arrow type?) they could use those on the bottom of the table as a brace, making it strong enough for whatever you wanted to put on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepcachr View Post
    The steel leader idea is a great way to keep a stove from melting the ropes. I'm just not sure I trust a pot of boiling water balanced on top of a stove suspended by ropes on the side of a tree. It just seems like it would be to easy to tip it.
    Use thin kevlar rope. Make sure it is 100% kevlar (including the sheething)

    Unlike Amsteel and Dyneema, Kevlar is very heat resistant (I use it on my cooking mug handles for grips) - have put it in my BBQ grill at over 700*F. They make welding gloves out of it as well.

    All of the new style UHMWPE like Dyneema and Amsteel have very poor thermal response characteristics (above 200*F bad stuff starts to happen quickly)

    Don't put the kevlar directly in the flame for long though. I made a pot hanger out of it once which worked great until I left it in the fire once and walked away (whoops) - no more pot hanger.
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    Carbon Fiber

    I figured someone would have mentioned carbon fiber. It would be a little costly. You could get 3 thin and very rigid sheets. set them on top of 2 carbon fiber tubes or carbon arrow shafts and it would weigh a few ounces. Use some sticks or line to hold everything in place.
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    Another option

    How about using a inverted cookie sheet? Their rigidity would come from the very short sides. They come in a variety of sizes and one could cut a closed cell foam pad the same size (for sitting and under foot in the hammock) and although I haven't weighed one, the space/weight should be very minimal. You could even use it as part of a backpack frame... Not as kool as Kevlar, but much cheaper.

    Since I tend to spill alcohol every time I fill my stove, this should be pretty safe.

    Could there be other uses for a cookie sheet?

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    A cheap cookie sheet would work. I'm curious about the weight. A normal size one would be to big for my pack but they make them in most any size.

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    Another option

    I went and bought the Coleman table Jeepcachr talked about

    http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-Expone...etosecrpack-20

    total fail, it is light weight but unstable because is hangs from 4 lines it has nothing to hold it against the tree and tends to swing around the circumference.

    Eventually I came back around to the idea and found these on the web.

    http://www.outdoortrailgear.com/trai...ht-cook-table/

    Nice Idea but cant see paying $17-25 for a piece of sheet metal and some bungee cord with clips (don't get me wrong it a nice product but I'm being cheap)

    Then I had the idea to use the best of both items and come up with a DIY no tool required (mostly) hanging table and here it is.



    I'll post a PDF later with instructions to make your own.

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    Great Idea

    Your idea looks great and I and glad you saw the Smokeeater908 table because that was the first thing I thought of when I saw this thread. Tinny from Mini Bull Designs also had the same idea with something he called the Old Farts Flat Spot. I couldn't figure out how to make on myself, but some one mentioned cheap cookie sheets I think some more diy is in my future. Looking forward to your instructions.
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    These ideas are awesome! Will be working on one for our canoe trip end of may.

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