Lagun Table: Variation on a Theme
Updated: Dec 12, 2018
Before we ordered our Ollie were perused the forums and sponged what we could from other folks experiences with the features we figured we wanted included in our build. One of those features was the Lagun table option for the twin floorpan. On that topic we studied this post from Overland on the Oliver forums. Needless to say, we did not order the factory Lagun table option but ordered the basement access hatch instead and bought the Lagun table arm ourselves.
We took Overland's advice and created an aluminum bracket to mount the Lagun table arm under the driver side twin bed. Here is the finished installation of the bracket and arm:
As you can see we did not miter the bracket as Overland did but we are happy the utilitarian result. We did drill a second pair of holes in the Lagun mounting plate (total 6) and into the custom mounting bracket for added stability. We cut the aluminum stock with a multi-purpose carbide tipped table saw blade.
As to what to do for the top, we pondered that for a bit. Like many folks we struggled with the choice between the standard and twin floor plans and settled on the twin for the nightstand, drawer, hidden compartment, additional charging outlets and basement access. This still left us with less bed area though. Given that we allow Max (our 8 year old Border Terrier) to sleep with us, we expected cramped sleeping for the one of us he decided to snuggle up with each night. Then the idea bubbled up to bridge the gap.
In keeping with our philosophy of giving everything we have aboard more than one purpose, we created a lagun table top that would serve as a sufficient desktop / table during the day and a mini bed frame at night. We wanted the addition to create a space for Max and for either of us to sprawl onto. Originally we thought we might fill the entire length of the gap, but that would block the drawer when we had the bed set up. We ended up with a top that is 40" by 19.5".
When in bed mode the table top simply sits reassuringly tucked between the two mattress cushions. We later added self adhesive felt feet to the underside of the table top so the finished wood surface would not be in direct contact with the fiberglass lip that holds the twin cushions in place. Here is the top as bed frame:
Notice the bracket is now dropped to the floor and sits below the tops of the mattresses and still gives us, albeit lesser, access to the drawer. The arm can be disassembled and attached to the underside of the tabletop to completely hide from view or store in the closet as Overland demonstrates in his post.
We discovered that combination allows us to roll the mini mattresses into themselves to create bolsters that can be used for a variety of support purposes. We use them when watching the TV or as additional back support when using the table as a desk.
Here is the finished table as a table:
At the same time we made a dinette tabletop to match which is 4"deeper (from the walkway to the window) than the very basic black top we ordered from the factory.
We thought about increasing the width by 6" as well but decided against that as it would defeat the "squeeze between the wall and table to hold" feature of the standard back cushions.
We used 11 layer 3/4" x 30" x 48" Baltic Birch plywood for these tabletops. It's quite strong. One sheet costs about $50, it's the good stuff.
We were trying to match the dark grey floor and got close-ish. We started with a layer of Minwax Ebony then added a layer of Minwax Jacobean. We finished the tops off with three coats of Minwax Satin Polyurethane and hand smoothed with 220 grit sandpaper on a sanding block between coats.
Kudos and thanks to my Dad and his workshop aplenty in Massachusetts for making all this wood and metal fabrication possible and professional!