Open Book Dinning Room Table

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Project by Chris Wright posted 11-13-2008 11:43 PM 1520 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call this an Open Book table because the way the table expands to seat more people is that the top pivots 90 degrees and the top piece of the table top flips open like a book. I took the design from Ernest Joyce’s Encyclopedia of Furniture Making. Another victim of the fire. It had a maple top with cherry legs.

Due to some recent requests, here’s the drawing that I used to make this table from. The pivot is located on a line 45 degrees off the center, half way between the center of the table and the edge of the top when it’s closed. I hope this helps with the head scratching going on.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#1 posted 11-13-2008 11:47 PM

Very cool!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 11-14-2008 03:53 AM

Very nice idea Chris! I still cannot figure out how it works..

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 11-14-2008 04:31 PM

Nice Chris. Can you share more details. I’d like to see the hinge and the pivot mechanism if at all possible.

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#4 posted 11-14-2008 07:18 PM

Very, nice. I’ve had something like that in mind for a while now. Now, I have to make get on it.

-- Measure twice, cut once, bang into place

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#5 posted 11-16-2008 05:39 AM

This piece has a lot of interesting features, I second the motion to see more detail features….thanks for sharing Blkcherry

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#6 posted 11-16-2008 12:12 PM

Thanks for the additional info.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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