G'day All, I scored this old picnic table and chairs set at the local Recycle Centre. Now I need to know if it qualifies as pre-1970 since it's got a plastic locking handle (the rest of the framework is metal). Also, can anyone tell me what the rest of the wording on the sticker would be? I'm guessing the second word might be FOLDAWAY Does anybody have a identical set that can shed some light on it?
Apparently the firm who designed this type of fold up picnic table didn’t do a very good job of protecting the patent (if they had one) because similar designs keep popping up under different brand names.
The one I got fairly recently, sometime in the late sixties or early seventies, has “RITEC FOLD AWAY PRODUCTS made in Australia” on it.... it has a bakelite handle.
If you enlarge my avatar the table is the one the two young ladies are sitting at on the left of the photo..... I think yours wood be older Al.
Hi I have had several of these old tables. The current one is a woodgrain Ritec. I dont pack it very often when heading off on Holidays or Vint van events nowadays due to the weight of the thing. I prefer to use old card tables as they pack away better, take up less room and are much lighter. I suppose if i was to pack 4 fold up chairs ( i usually only pack 2) i would be taking up more space than the ritec
I call the Ritecs "Bambi tables" as they have trouble staying up properly on all fours. Especially if you have 4 adults sitting on them on anything but dead level ground..
Here's a safety tip from "Reddotel and the shed of invention". Cut yourself 2 lengths of 20mm plastic conduit about 600 to 750mm long. When you set up the table slide the conduit down through the hinged mechanism that locks the seats in place . Then use duct or insulation tape and lash the conduit in place. Just a couple of turns around the top and down the bottom .This stops those hinged "Knee joints" from collapsing in the middle of a card game or when you have a stack of top shelf drinks poured and sitting on the table during happy hour. The conduits will fit inside the table when it is folded up . leave the roll of tape in there too for next time.
I still use the Ritec as a reserve when partying at home or out for a day picnic.
Hi. We have a table still in the original box, green plywood top, white frame and black plastic handle. Details Ritec 'Foldaway' the perfect picnic table, manufactured by Ritec Pty Limited Tamworth NSW, Pat No. 247614, Pat. Pending 3301???. We purchased this unit in '71/'72 era. Hope this is of some help re vintage. Cheers Boblor
Regarding the 'Ritec' folding table mentioned in this thread ..... the patent number quoted.. 147614 relates only to the handle fitted to the table. It was applied for in 1961 by 'Mastercraft Products' which is probably the name on the table posted by Al that started this thread. There is no mention of the actual table in the application so...... it doesn't necessarily mean that was when the table was designed but I reckon Mastercraft must of made 'em before 'Ritec'. ..... still looking
The table you have is a Mastercraft foldaway table manufactured early 1950's. My parents bought the exact table which I still have now.I have photographs of them using this table in 1952 so I can be sure of it's age.