In my kitchen, we are a cramped for counter space so I want to make a flip up cutting-board. The flip-up part would be attached to the side of our “island” which is 3/4” particle board. I’ll have some kind of leg or fold-out-triangle to support the cutting board when it’s up. I have access to the other side of the particleboard, so I could use nuts/bolts as opposed to anchors/screws. I will probably use a wood backer there for extra support as TopamaxSurvivor suggested.
I found a great piece of beech counter top in the IKEA as-is section. After I cut it down, I’m estimating it’ll be about 12 lbs.
The counter overhangs by 1.375” and the cutting board is 1” thick but the counter 1.125” thick. This makes it a little harder to have the cutting board flush with the counter top. I’ll have to add a 1/8” inch piece between the board and the hinge, as far as I can tell.
In the designs below, brown is the cabinet, white is the counter, and orange would be the additions needed for this project. I’m leaning towards design 2 since it will look better when folded down.
Design 1: up and down
Design 2: up and down
p.s. I recommend the IKEA as-is section for low budget wood hackers. It’s mostly particle board for $2 but it’s cheap for playing around, making shelves, etc. They have hardwood counter tops and table tops that are cheap too, usually with some cosmetic damage. Not to mention other furniture-related odds and ends. It’s a goldmine for a DIYer.
-- Matt - Brooklyn, NY