hi today I’m going to explore how to get this table here which is a very popular type of folding table adapted so it can be transported more readily these are really pretty nice but they do away a bit and they just have this little carrying handle and as you can see if you’re trying to carry it any distance you’re carrying it like this which is a very fatiguing position to carry your shoulder your arms are going to get tired very quickly and I found when I card this around off and I have to carry it across a large parking lot and maybe up a bunch of stairs into a building and some distance away for the displays I set up I wanted to come up with some way to make it a little easier to transport it without going overboard and I had this idea that I could probably make some sort of a sling to go over my shoulder like this using this is two inch nylon webbing belt they have been have laying around and if I made a loop of it like this I could carry it on my shoulder pretty easily I might also want to put some extra thing on here to keep it from sliding off my shoulder so that’ll be the rest of this video so the table I have I think it’s pretty typical no matter which brand they are they tend to have a cloth handle that comes out of Amanda it’s perfectly comfortable for carrying except for the posture I don’t want to have to modify the table or do anything to elaborate there is the possibility of running a strap in here and wrapping it around the metal structure of the legs but then it’s going to be harder to disconnect I’m thinking it’s probably just great to just run the wide belting through here and it’ll carry it like this that should work just fine and the main trick will be how to make it so it disconnects fairly readily without a lot of grief and what I think I’m going to use for this is one of these parachute buckles these make for very quick connecting and disconnecting and this one’s here is set up for the same width Delta a 2 inch and this is particular ones by dritz as it dritz guess it strips well so much for making their logo intelligible might also be or its don’t really know anyway it’s a popular brand and so if I put one of these parachute buckles on here then it’ll make a loop that I can sling through here clip easily slip over my shoulder and then unclip easily when I need to get free of the table of course I can just slip it off my shoulder if I want without unbuckling it and that’s even quicker but the other thing that I was thinking about was to keep it from slipping off the shoulder have got some one inch nylon web belting here and I was thinking of doing like are done on backpacks & camelback hydration packs for hikers and bicyclists and soldiers and so on and and connecting that from the the wide strap wrap it around the chest and then back to the shoulder blade and thereby by having this smaller strap go around the body it keeps the shoulder strap with the wide belt from slipping off yet you can use it or not use it as the case may be required so I’ve got a couple more of these parachute buckles I wanted to use the same brand as this which is what I’ve used on other cases and straps I’ve made but none of the stores seem to have those in stocks so I’ve got this so ology brand which is pretty comparable in a parachute buckle and I’m planning on using one of these in the front and one of these in the rear and finally in order to be able to cinch that up I’ve got a strap adjuster of 1 inch size so i can take up or let out the strap that would depend somewhat on which clothes i’m wearing of its the winter and i’ve got a big Park on I may need the strap to be a little longer with the summer

and I’m just wearing my t-shirt or polo shirt I might want the strap to be a bit shorter or tighter whereas the strap that goes over my shoulder I couldn’t find any strap adjusters in that size and since I’m just making this for myself I’m just going to make it the size that works for me and my table if you’re going to make something like this you might want to put a strap adjuster on it or just make it to fit yourself in your particular situation well here’s a piece of good news this particular brand of parachute buckle that I’ve got includes a strap adjuster built into it I’ve looped up my two inch belting here and it’s going to be kind of hard to show with holding it but the strap just passes through here and when you pull tight it won’t slip but if you tip it up a little bit then it’ll adjust so I don’t really need a separate strap adjuster I’ll just use the the parachute buckle itself and that’ll be great so as with any of these nylon web products it’s important to set them up so they don’t fray and this one as it came from the store is coarsely cut and already frayed so I’m going to start out here with my good fabric cutting scissors and make a nice clean cut in it and then you always have to seal the end of the belt with a heat and the easiest way to do that is to use either a small lighter or something else and I can get this thing to work it’s kind of difficult to deal with well my little shop torch may be overkill but I’m going to see if I can make it work for this purpose yeah that worked pretty well all the ends of the nylon fibers are fused and it’s important when you’re working with these let me see if I can zoom this in a little bit more there’s a right way and a wrong way with these you normally want to start out with the the middle part here let’s see if I can tip it so it’s clear this middle part here has ridges on it on one side only the other side is smooth and then there’s ridges on this other part so with the middle bar having the ridges up the strap passes through from the bottom like that and then you tuck it back down through the other slot and the idea is that as the belting passes over the middle bar it’s dragging along the part with the the ridges so it gets a better grip so this is a good pull here but yet I can pull it up tight you easily and then when you are putting tension on it it won’t budge and to release it you just tip the buckle a little bit and it pulls back out like this so the next thing is to figure out how long a strap I need under the worst case conditions and I’m going to measure that now so I’ve figured out where I need to cut it and I decided to adjust or cut the strap so it can be so loose that the table actually sits on the ground with me standing upright and then I can cinch it up to bring it up as high under my armpit essentially as I want or have it anywhere in between so I’ve got a chalk line on here and cutting that through I’m going to fuse it now this part of the buckle of the parachute buckle doesn’t have a top or a

bottom side it’ll work either way so I’m not too worried about it but for cosmetic reasons I’d like to have the fold-over part on the inside of the loop so this here with the short side that’s the outside of the loop so when you’re carrying it up against your body the side that’s facing my thumb here is the inside of the loop so I’m going to make sure that I put that on the inside when I come around to the end I’m actually going to chalk that right now saying that’s the inside and all you really do with these is just pass them through the loop and then bring them over like this and sold them and the recommendation is just too so back and forth a few times with your sewing machine with a lock stitch of course so swing that up will be the next step with any of the projects I do involving a essentially plastic fabrics nylon webbing ripstop nylon anything like that i always use a 9 line upholstery thread to go with it instead of going back to the old cotton thread i use for clothing this stuff is all but indestructible so it’s it’s really good for this and it’s it’s quite strong and it matches the fabric of the web belting so to work on this kind of thing I select a lock stitch which on this machine is stitch type 2 and because i’m working on a coarser fabric and a coarser thread i want my stitch length to be somewhat longer i don’t really know how long I’m going to try it at three and see what happens and a good little piece of scrap cloth here I’m going to turn off the lock stitch for the moment just to be a little more expedient I’d say that stitch is probably still a little too short I’m going to go up to like 3.5 see how it goes and that’s possibly just a little long so take it down to three try it one more time yeah that’s about right so I’ve got a stitch that looks like it’s the right length for the project and now going back to my buckle I make sure to take the site identified as the inside of the loop and put it on the side that wraps around this seems like a good overlap now what you really want to do here is so the edge of the belt is right here so marked by my thumb I want to put a stitch here and then make a box over here and here and then cross stitch it from one corner to the other and that’s the recommended stitch for strength in this kind of situation going to go back and select my lock stitch get my light under here so I can see what I’m doing I get to the end here I lift the shoe and rotate 90 degrees put it back down and continue sewing until I get up really close to the point where the the shoe won’t go up on the buckle that point I have to raise it and turn another 90 degrees raise it once more I get back down to

about where i was with the original stitch and now I’m going to make my diagonal stitch for the cross stitch and my final cross-stitch and I’m going to come back down this side I doubled this one side in order to get back and do the cross stitch so I’m going to double the other side just for symmetry but not for any other real reason it gets me back to where I started the stitch in the first place tell the Machine I’m done so it’s going to do is closing lock stitch and it’s not the prettiest job in the world I got that a little bit askew but it’s a functional cross stitch you can can probably see it a little better there actually see the crossing snip off my excess thread and that part is done so now I’ve got the two pieces the buckle and it should be plenty strong for my needs and it’s still adjustable as pointed out before so I think that’s all good I’ve decided I’m going to put a little stitching right along here even though i fuse the fabric I think it’s still a good idea to put a little bit on there and indeed i think what i’m going to do is actually fold it over and then stitch it to make it less likely to pull back out of the buckle by accident that’s probably a good idea I normally sell a lot faster but when I’m working on this heavier material the machine doesn’t like to cooperate if I go really fast so it makes sense is so little slower I also should be using some larger needle like a denim needle but I was just lazing here and I’m using the regular needle that i use for smaller cotton thread doing the lock stitch so how did that come out I came out just about perfectly got the stitches right in the right spot normally when I’m doing this kind of thing also with the shorter end up so I can see where the end he is I didn’t do that in this case because it wasn’t too critical but yeah it came out just about perfectly so the strap is basically done now I have to do is figure out where to put the smaller one that wraps around my

chest to prevent the larger strap from sliding off my shoulder so with the strap here and the table propped up I can feed the large strap through the handle on the table and clip it and then simply insert my shoulder under it and lift now I’ve got it played out so the table is almost on the floor but by taking some weight off and going the belt up a bit now I stand up the table comes a little higher or I can take it up even more and now the table is up oh there’s about six inches of clearance from the ground and I can still bring it up even more and it’s a lot closer up under the armpit now it’s about eight inches off the floor and I can still keep bringing it up if I’d like to so now the the other thing I mentioned I can do this without knocking everything over I’ve got this one inch belting and I was trying to figure out if there was a feasible way of somehow strapping it across my chest so that it keeps it from sliding off the shoulder so easily and I’m thinking this is about the height I want to carry it normally so i’m going to set up the strap ideally for this position i’m going to presume i always want the the large parachute buckle here to be right against my rib cage just under my armpit so i can access it easily for disconnecting and adjusting so i’m going to want to put the one-strap just above and then wrap around to the back so I’m going to mark that here I’ve got my chalk somewhere so probably right about here got that shocked i’m going to set the table down and still try to keep the strap in the same position and find the complementary position to where i marked it but on the back side and mark that that should be just behind my shoulder blade so the next thing is to put on the strap around here so with these one inch parachute buckles I see now that they have a similar thing where it’s basically got the strap adjuster built in so I actually have to strap adjustments here and I don’t actually need to use the separate strap adjusters that I bought so I could have saved some money there no need to buy them just them right at the buckle all right so I’ve got the large strap laid out here this is the front side that’s going to be right in front of my armpits and I’m going to want to have a strap coming off like this using this type of buckle I want the adjustable side to be where I can reach it from my other hand so it needs to go this way essentially this part will be here this will be here and I’ll loop this around and have adjustability to pull it tighter or looser but I will need a separate short belt to go from here and so on to here so I’ll do that first and then progressing back around here the part that’s on my back is going to have another one coming off like that well i got that slightly backwards the proper arrangement on this is the i guess you’d call the female side of the parachute buckle is coming in from the top so this is the part where i attach the strap to come off this way in fact i’m going to mark it that way so i know the strap goes in that direction and then the the male side is the part that comes up through the handle of the table up under my armpit and then rejoins like this and it’s adjustable strap hangs downward the way I had it first it would have gone up words that would have been very awkward so carrying on so as with the other strap whew is the ends and I need to pass the

short length of belt around this so I’ve got the buckle here with a short length of fold over and that is going to be adjusted to lay on top of trying to get the light here so it’s visible basically I want to have it go the full length so it looks decent or the full width of the 2 inch belt and still hang out a little bit it’s one of the curses of black fabric it doesn’t reflect enough light so so here’s the the wider belt and then the shorter part i’m going to make so it just extends this buckle just beyond the edge of the white belt and that means i have to cut it off just about here so now I’ve got one belt here with the short piece wrapped around I’m going to make another one just like it for the back so cut Nigel length and go ahead and use those I think I was getting my flame a little close to the fibers before and melting them excessively just needs to warm them up enough that the nylon melts a bit so now i’m gonna go ahead and sell these short lengths on where i marked the white belt do the one in the front first I’ve got my chalk mark I know that I have to go in this direction with it so I lace up one of the smaller buckles I’m going to place it right on there actually I think it would be more cosmetic if instead of sewing it to the front I sewed it to the rear I think that’ll look a lot better so I’ll do it that way this could be kind of a challenge for this needle on the sewing machine I’ll see how it goes it’s one of the problems I have with my sewing machine it’s got a LED light in it but it’s way too dim I should investigate getting one that’s some sort of an add-on light I think there are people who make kits like that that can add a lot more light under a sewing machine okay so I drop the foot I’m still on my up the sewing machine reverted to a 2.2 inch or 2.2 setting on the stitch so I’m going back to the three ahead before and still in a lock stitch I’ve dropped the foot lower the needle I can find the foot pedal waiting for it to do the lock stitch and wants to balk a little bit because the fabric is so thick so I’m going to do the cross stitch as

usual the belts getting in the way try to eyeball what’s a good angle to do this at not get my hands too much in the picture more experienced sewers would probably know I’m doing this in some stupid awkward way and I could do better but I don’t know what that is so I’m just forging ahead not an experienced so er I just know a few basics to meet even being able to sell a little bit use the sewing machine even a little bit is like being able to you as a welder a little bit or a table saw a little bit it’s better than not using it at all ok tell it i want to close lockstitch okay a little snipping of the sxs thread ok so now does that show up have to see you like a move though wait a little bit this is where I wanted the buckle to be and coming in this direction and it is but most of the stitching is hidden behind the belt so I think that’ll be pretty good i have to do likewise for the the flip side which is yeah it’s right here and it has to go in that direction make my sewing machine to the fore again find my other buckle and put it on the back as I did before all right remove the excess thread and I’ve got this one’s sewn on here and there are the the two of them so the remaining step is to put the buckles on this one inch strap that I’ve already sized to go around my chest go to the buckles and have enough extra to accommodate larger clothing in the winter so I’m just going to start out by fusing the ends of the fabric seems like I have ignition problems with

all these things they the gas comes out and they don’t want to start it’s very frustrating there you go okay so once again there is a side on these that has a set of ribs on the middle piece and I want to feed the strap up on the buckle side feed it over the ribbed centerpiece and back down and before sewing anything I want to make sure that i have tested these that it’s going to work properly if you’ve got it upside down or threaded incorrectly it won’t lock when you pull on it or it won’t release when you tip it like this so going to go around the other side making sure I keep the site that’s supposed to be close to my body properly positioned so that would mean that this is the outside here I’m going to come in this way and feedback through there not see if I got that screwed up or not take both buckles and have them so their adjustments itís to the outside of the loop and then follow the loop around and see if i have a twist in it and i do not it’s correct so i got it right the first time really the only thing remaining now that these are laced up is to fold the ends over and sew them like I did on the larger strap so I’m going to do that now I’m not going to cross stitch these because they’re so small the amount of overlap is so small it doesn’t really merit it I’m just going to put a lock stitch right on the end and call it a day and there we go snip off a couple of excess threads and all the sewing should be done now the question is will it all fit properly when all is said and done so I’ve got the large loop here and then I’ve got the smaller loop that can go around my chest off to the side and not really sure how easy this will be to use but we’ll see I don’t even plan to unbuckle it except to put it through the loop on the table so here’s through the loop on the table and now holding on to the fit what kind of contortion is required for this see if it works one thing I should have done is let the length on this a little bit make it a little easier get over my shoulder and lift it up buckle this guy on and that will cinch it to the desired carrying height and now with this strap here get it under my armpit and pull this across my chest a little bit now the shoulder strap cannot slip off and I can just walk around hands-free and not worry about the table going anywhere and this is actually pretty comfortable I don’t need a pad up here it’s a plenty wide

and I think this will work pretty well we’ll give it a try I have a show tomorrow to do and either everybody will laugh or everybody will point and say I want one of those straps so we’ll see thanks for watching