How To Install Lagun Table on Ford Transit Driver/Passenger Seat

How To Install Lagun Table on Ford Transit Driver/Passenger Seat

How To Install Lagun Table Ford Transit B-Pillar
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Today we install a Lagun table to the passenger/driver seat of our Ford Transit van. We mount the Lagun Leg System to the Transit’s B-Pillar. It’s a simple project that can be completed in a few minutes using our aluminum mount plate, or in a few hours if you choose to go the full DIY route. We documented the entire fabrication and installation process so you can follow along. Let’s go!

Lagun Table Installation into Ford Transit B-Pillar-6 (Over Seat)
Lagun Table Installation into Ford Transit B-Pillar-5 (Sliding Door)

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Time


4 HOURS (DIY)
30 MIN (Non-DIY)

Cost


$225 USD (DIY)
$300 USD (Non-DIY)

Weight


13 lbs (per side)

Material


ItemDescriptionQuantityBuy
Lagun Leg SystemLagun Leg System with sliver (slim) bracket.1TecVan
Lagun Table Mount Plate (Aluminum)Aluminum mount plate. B-Pillar installation hardware included.1FarOutRide
Bamboo Table Top22″ x 15″ x 5/8″ bamboo table top.1FarOutRide
#8 ScrewsTo install the table top to the Lagun Leg System. 6Amazon
Swivel Seat (pre-requisite)See our Swivel Seat Installation Guide and ReviewTheSwivelShop

DIY:

ItemDescriptionQuantityBuy
Lagun Table Mount Plate (DIY)Use this template to make your own mount plate out of hardwood plywood.1FarOutRide
M6 x 25mm ScrewsTo install mount plate to passenger-side B-Pillar.2Amazon
M6 Flat WashersTo install mount plate to passenger-side B-Pillar.2Amazon
M8 Rivet-NutsB-pillar factory holes are unthreaded on the driver-side, so threaded inserts are required.2Amazon
M8 x 25mm ScrewsTo install mount plate to driver-side B-Pillar.2Amazon
M8 Flat WashersTo install mount plate to driver-side B-Pillar.2Amazon
TabletopWood and finish of your choice!1

Tools


ItemDescription
Allen Hex Drive 4mmFor M6 screws.
Allen Hex Drive 5mmFor M8 screws.
Hex Socket 13mmFor M8 nuts.
Astro 1450 Crossnuts & Rivet-nuts SetterFor Rivet-nuts (driver side only).

DIY Mount Plate:

ItemDescription
Jigsaw with wood bladeTo trim the DIY mount plate.
Powerdrill with 1/4″ and 3/8″ drill bitsTo drill the DIY mount plate.
Glue Stick or Spray AdhesiveTo glue paper template to plywood.
Sanding PaperTo smooth the edges.

Lagun Table System Installation


1. Install the Mount Plate to the B-Pillar


Passenger Side:

The mount will be installed using these two factory threaded holes located in the B-Pillar:

Lagun Table Installation into Ford Transit B-Pillar-1 (Threaded Factory Holes)

Install the aluminum mount plate to the B-Pillar using the two M6 screws (included):

Lagun Table Installation into Ford Transit B-Pillar-2 (M6 screws)

Driver Side:

The factory holes on the B-Pillar driver side are unthreaded, so we first need to add threaded inserts:

1. Install the two M8 rivet-nuts provided with this kit into these two holes in the B-Pillar:

Lagun Mount Plate Driver Side Holes

2. It takes just a few seconds with the Astro 1450 tool (more info: Threaded Inserts Guide) :

Lagun Mount Plate Driver Side Holes (M8 Rivet Nuts Install)

The remaining of the installation is identical as for the passenger side (except use the provided M8 screws into the rivet-nuts instead of M6 screws)!

2. Install the Sliver Bracket to the Mount Plate


Install the Sliver (slim) Lagun bracket with 3 x M8 screws/washers/nuts. The screws provided by Lagun are a bit too long (they stick out behind the aluminum mount), it works, but you could cut them shorter if you want:

Lagun Table Installation into Ford Transit B-Pillar-3 (Sliver Bracket)

3. Install the lagun Leg System and the Table Top


Install the leg and arm of your Lagun System, as well as the bamboo table top:

Lagun Table Installation into Ford Transit B-Pillar-4 (Table Top)

4. That’s It!


Lagun Table Installation into Ford Transit B-Pillar-6 (Over Seat)
Lagun Table Installation into Ford Transit B-Pillar-5 (Sliding Door)
How To Install Lagun Table Ford Transit B-Pillar

Disassemble & Stow When Driving (Storage)


The Lagun Leg System is easy and quick to disassemble and store for travel. Simply turn the built-in handle (1 or 2 turns) to unlock the section of your choice:

Leg, Arm & Tabletop

If you choose to remove all the section (leg, arm, and tabletop), you should know that the leg can conveniently be attached to the tabletop plate as follows (the back of the tabletop mount has a groove to slide the leg in):

Lagun Table Disassemble and Stow for travel (Storage leg, arm and tabletop in van)

Arm & Tabletop Only

In our Ford Transit and with the B-Pillar installation, we will most likely leave the leg attached to the mount plate because we don’t find it to be too intrusive. Even with the leg in place into the mount plate, we can still swivel the seat and incline it all the way down:

Lagun Table Disassemble and Stow for travel (Storage arm and tabletop in van)

Now that we disassembled and removed the Lagun Table, we can stow it somewhere against a wall and secure it in place with a strap or some sort of DIY bracket. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there, because as the time of writing these lines our van conversion is not exactly finished… 😆


How To Make A DIY Mount Plate(Optional)


We are personally using the aluminum mount plate in our van, but we thought some people might want to make their as a lower cost alternative. Here’s how!

1. Download the template


The DIY B-Pillar Bracket Template is included in your Builder’s Dashboard:

Includes:

  • Wiring Diagram & Tutorial.
  • Water Diagram & Tutorial.
  • Propane Diagram.
  • Floor Layout.
  • Free Stickers (optional).
  • DIY B-Pillar Bracket for Lagun Table.
  • Discounts on our products (breaker enclosure, Lagun B-Pillar Bracket, etc.).
  • And we keep adding more as we progress!

2. Print the template


Print with 1:1 scale (actual size, no fit) on a letter sheet (8.5″ x 11″). Measure “Print Calibration” to ensure the template didn’t get resized during the print:

Lagun-DIY-Template-Bracket-Print-Calibration

3. Trim the template & glue to plywood


NOTE: We recommend hardwood plywood (such as baltic birch, maple, oak). We used 3/8″ thick, but 1/2″ would work too. 1/4″ won’t be strong enough! Hardware stores such as Home Depot normally carry this, or you can buy small 12″x12″ baltic birch squares online.

You can trace the contour with a pen, but we find gluing the template to the plywood is a bit more accurate. A glue stick works fine, or spray adhesive such 3M 77 is good too (not much is needed)!

Lagun-DIY-Template-Bracket-Cut-Template
Lagun-DIY-Template-Bracket-Glue-Template

4. Cut the Plywood


Use a jigsaw with a wood blade to cut along the template’s contour:

Lagun-DIY-Template-Bracket-Trim-Plywood

6. Drill the holes


“Punch” the center of each hole; it’s more precise and prevents the drill bit from roaming on the surface (we use an automatic center punch because we have one, but anything sharp works).

Lagun-DIY-Template-Punch-Center-Holes

Clamp the bracket on a scrap piece of wood and drill the holes to their final size. It’s a simple way to prevent tearing off the back side of the plywood when the drill bit exits the hole.

Lagun-DIY-Template-Bracket-Drill-Holes-

7. Finish the wood


Finish the wood to seal it from moisture, protect it from stains and to enhance the appearance. We often use Watco Danish Oil or Varathane Stain & Polyurethane, but anything to your taste will work!

Lagun-DIY-Template-Bracket-Apply-Finish-Coating-

How To Switch the Lagun Table Handle to the Opposite Side (Optional)


Lagun Leg Systems are sold with the handle either to the left-side or right-side. Didn’t get the side you wanted? Turns out it’s fairly easy to switch the handle to the opposite side. Here’s how:

1. Remove the handle and the washer:

Lagun Table Switch Handle Opposite Side

2. Use a rubber mallet (or a hammer with the nut installed on the bolt) to pop the carriage bolt out:

Lagun-Table-Switch-Handle-Opposite-Side-2-(Pop-Carriage-Bolt-Out)

3. Insert the bolt on the opposite side with a washer & nut. Insert a washer or anything in the slot to prevent damage from compression, then torque the nut to press the carriage bolt in:

Lagun-Table-Switch-Handle-Opposite-Side-(Press-Bolt-In)

4. Success!

Lagun Table Switch Handle Opposite Side-6

Inspiration & Story


We borrowed the idea of a B-Pillar mount plate from the creative and resourceful folks on the FordTransitUSAforum (this thread if I recall properly). Credits to them for coming up with this idea! 🙂

We really wanted to take advantage of the new “Sliver” (slim) Lagun bracket, because it has a much smaller footprint than the regular bracket. So we went ahead and started designing our own aluminum mount. The awesome Ford Transit 3D scan really helped designing a part that works and fits on the first try:

Lagun Mount Design with Background Mountains

Laser cutting and powder coating is not cheap, so it’s always a good idea to validate a design BEFORE having a bunch of parts manufactured (and risk wasting thousands of dollars)! The 3D printer is an invaluable tool for prototyping new designs:

B-Pillar Bracket 3D Printed Prototype
Fresh and still warm!
Lagun Bracket 3D Printed Prototype Test Fit
The 3D printed part is too weak to be functional, but it’s a great way to validate the design before launching the manufacturing!

Now that we’re confident about our design, we can get in touch with a machine shop and have the parts manufactured!


On Second Thought…


We had a Folding Table in our first van on the driver-side only, and we were looking for a solution for the passenger-side… here it is! The Lagun Leg System is super modular and versatile, and on top of that it’s easy to install with the Transit’s B-Pillar mount plate.

You should know that the table has some wobbling. It is coming from the B-Pillar which is not super stiff for this usage, not the mount plate itself. If you think that the wobbling will annoy you, you should look for another solution. We can definitely notice the wobbling when using the table, but it’s a compromise we can live with! We actually don’t mind it 🙂

We’re still in the early stages of our van conversion at the time of writing these lines, but we know for sure we will keep this solution for the passenger seat (and driver coming soon)!


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20 thoughts on “How To Install Lagun Table on Ford Transit Driver/Passenger Seat”

  1. are your passenger side aluminum Laguna table Mount plates in stock and ready to ship?
    great website. will be hitting the donate button in the near future.
    thank you

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  2. Looks like a great option. Can this be used with 2023 Promaster 136” WB? I have Lagune table so hoping bracket for pillar and thinner mounting bar will work. Thanks!

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  3. Heads up: the optional M8x30 mm bolts linked do not work with the Lagun mount. The head diameter is too wide to sit flush in the mount and blocks the leg from sliding in. Everything else went well on the install!

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    • You’re right! I just measured the head of the M8 flat head socket screws provided by Lagun and they’re smaller than standard screws… So I guess it might be easier to cut them instead (I updated the page accordingly)!
      Thanks for the heads up, glad you had yours installed 🙂

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  4. Of course, if you have a wall up on the driver side, very hard to mount driver side table as you do. (I can _just_ see the holes you use to mount. I guess the work around might be to mount the normal lagoon table mount to the plywood/pine paneling wall, and work from there…

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  5. I’m so happy. I received the passenger side mounting plate today. Wish I’d already ordered the sliver bracket, but it’s on its way now.

    I’m so thankful for the wealth of advice and expertise you’ve shared. I have no experience building anything before; your build journal has been incredibly helpful.

    If you ship mounting plates to others, I’d suggest you add a strip of heavy duty tape on the ends of the package. Mine had split almost completely at one end. Fortunately the plate, screws and stickers were still inside.

    Thank you!

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    • Thanks Amy for the Feedback! We just enabled reviews on the product page, any chance you can leave a quick review over there to help us?? Thanks 🙂 https://faroutride.com/product/lagun-table-mount/#tab-reviews

      Ugh, sorry about the packaging. We will definitely follow your advice from now on. Shipping products is totally new to us, we’re learning as we go. But it’s fun and we’ll get better!
      If anyone is reading this and had issues (e.g. damage) during shipping, it’s our mistake and we’ll fix this (write to us faroutride at gmail).

      Thanks again,
      Antoine

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  6. Great solution for use of the passenger seat! As a question, do you have plans to either release the template in another file format (i.e. DXF, SVG, or AI)? Main reason I ask is to use for a company like OSH Cut to ship a metal version to your home. Or, do you have plans to release a metal version for purchase on your website? Thanks so much for the great post!

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  7. Nice solution to the lack of a place to drink coffee or beer on the passenger side.

    Sort of thinking they both will get stored in the space between the latrine box and the front seat.

    And you said the b-pillar is the cause of the wobble. That pillar is god-like strong (because it holds the van up when you roll it in an accident). Thinking the wobble is in the LAGUN pillars.

    Cheers!

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    • We’ll remove the arm (horizontal section) then store it against a wall somewhere. Not sure exactly where yet, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there 🙂

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  8. Do you see a way to lower the lagoon table and use it as a table outside? I see how you use the standard mounting for a high table.

    Do you see a way to modify it for a lower table. One that might be closer to the floor height to use while lounging in chairs outside? I don’t care if I have to have an additional support bracket.

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