Whether you're going to farmers' markets to flog your questionably-shaped carrots, on the streets to push your pinko-eco-commie-hippie agenda, or just having a bake sale to fund your hackerspace / D&D club / moon 'laser', at some point or other you can almost guarantee that whoever was in charge of aquiring materials for said venture went to the nearest DIY/art store and got one of those horribly flimsy wooden pasting tables, because they were the cheapest option (in a monetary system).
Then, assuming you go and use that thing every other weekend, within 5 years you will likely have gone through about 3 of them, as they rapidly fall apart when careless individuals bash the corners of them on everything during transit, causing the staples holding the top together to come away, and lean or rest heavy things on the middle, causing the hinge to pull apart.
Of course, had you the funds and forethought to cough up for a portable aluminium table to begin with, it would have cost you just as much as those 3 wooden tables, but still be in working order.
But if like me you're currently stuck with one, fear not, for now we can extend the life of that pathetic bit of wood at low cost with some printable modifications!
If you'll tell me what has broken on your table, we can keep making replacement parts for it until the resulting supporter-of-things is more PLA-Wood cyborg than a recognisable pasting table. :D
For everyone's sake, use PLA for these parts, so that when your enhanced table eventually dies its unrecoverable mutated death from failure in parts you can't replace, at least every bit of it will be biodegradable if you don't manage to salvage the attachments before your colleague carelessly throws it in a bin.
Protect your bumpable table corners with printable corner protectors, by fixing them on with a woodscrew.
Replace fatigued hinges with the pair provided.
- I'm not sure what would make the best easily available pin for the hinge, but you might be able to get away with a scrap piece of dowel or metal rod with something flat glued to either end. Otherwise I'll have to design some kind of printable snap-together rivet for the joint.
- Keep the thin board clamped down well to the frame using the side protectors, and use accessory versions to hang signs or attach clips for leaflets or other contraptions.
- The 'clip' version of this is likely to change, as I think there must be much better ways of holding things down to the table than what I currently have in mind, which is an average clothes peg, but I just haven't thought of it yet.
- N.B. if attaching some gadget to the side, be sure to use the side with the handle, so that it doesn't catch on things while you carry the table.
Of course, we can always try to keep replacing bits of these tables with scrap wood from skips, too, especially if parts of the frame wear out, but good luck to anyone with one.