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Lift Coffee Table #1: It starts with a plan...

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Blog entry by Greg Wurst posted 06-02-2008 08:01 PM 13054 reads 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a server in my basement hooked-up to the television, and a wireless keyboard and mouse I use on a coffee table when I need to access it directly. I get tired of looking at the PC bits sitting on the table and leaning-over to use them, so I’ve decided to build a lift coffee table to hide the parts and bring them closer to me when I need them. I took the following design from a book I have, but modified it for a different lifting mechanism and some general dimension changes (along with adjusting for the fact that 3/4” ply is actually 23/32”).

The table is made from 3/4” (23/32”) oak ply, with 3/4” oak for the side panel rails and stiles and 1 1/4” oak for the table lid banding. The legs are 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” oak and the panels are 1/4” oak beadboard. The picture below shows a mortise and tenon setup attached to the legs, but I will likely go with pocket screws for the majority of the construction with the top edge banding attached with biscuits.

Lee Valley has the lift I’ll be using:

http://www.leevalley.com/hardware/page.aspx?c=2&p=40573&cat=3,43586,43594

I’m not totally sold on the beadboard panels yet, and would be interested in hearing any opinions on what might go well with the oak. Maybe some veneer on a 1/4” panel?

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.



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GaryK

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#1 posted 06-02-2008 08:29 PM

Looks cool. I look forward to seeing it done.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 06-02-2008 08:50 PM

This project looks pretty good and you Sketchup drawings are well done too.

This is going to be an interesting project.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 06-02-2008 10:07 PM

sounds cool and you’ve got a good start here. can’t wait until construction begins.

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#4 posted 06-10-2008 08:01 PM

What are the chances that you would post the Sketchup files for that table?

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Greg Wurst

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#5 posted 06-10-2008 08:51 PM

I usually post the files up once I finish and make sure everything worked-out, but I’m fairly confident in this one so I’ll provide the link now:

http://cid-258899c12334cc4d.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Lift%20Coffee%20Table

If I change things I usually change the Sketchup files as well.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#6 posted 01-12-2011 10:44 PM

i have a question about your design. I’m a high school senior and i was hoping to use your design for a project; it looks like a very cool design. I was wondering what hinge you used for the table part.

-- CharlesSmith

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Greg Wurst

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#7 posted 01-12-2011 11:03 PM

This is the lift/hinge I used:

http://www.leevalley.com/US/hardware/page.aspx?p=40573&cat=3,43586,43594

Not cheap, but it works very well.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#8 posted 09-05-2013 10:03 AM

I am looking to build something similar, but with a smaller apron and a shelf 3 inches or so from the bottom to set baskets on. I am just learning sketchup. Any chance you can share your plan so I do not have to start from scratch?

Jerry

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