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08-01-2015 10:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question lift table pop up table

I am considering making a pop up top coffee table. I can purchase the mechanism from Lee Valley and others, but they are expensive and aren’t rated for much weight. I think I recall seeing some guidelines here on LJ for making them, but haven’t been able to find anything. Can anyone help me with this? Thank you!

-- Art


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#1 posted 08-01-2015 11:20 PM

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#2 posted 08-02-2015 12:42 AM

Thanks, Woodust, I didn’t even think of Amazon (head slap, DOH!), but I think I would like to make one if it isn’t too challenging.

-- Art

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#3 posted 08-02-2015 01:18 AM

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/496310821410961294/ Check this one out. How to build it all including the hardware. This is from instructables off Pintrest.

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#4 posted 08-02-2015 01:20 AM

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#5 posted 08-02-2015 04:28 AM

I made my own with wooden components. That last example also looks like wood parts.

It works okay, though you have to lift it carefully as the mechanisms at the opposite ends aren’t linked, so that it can come up in a catywumpus fashion.

Problem with it is the weight is no longer centered over the table, and it wants to tip into your lap. Some sort of weight on the far side is the obvious solution. A sandbag, maybe?

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#6 posted 08-02-2015 01:42 PM

Vest, thanks for the link. That looks to be fairly straightforward. Knowing that they are cantilever hinges is also helpful.

Run, do you have any suggestions to keep them working together to avoid any tilting? Also, I will keep gravity in mind when I design the table. Thanks for that tip.

-- Art

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#7 posted 08-02-2015 03:02 PM

Art we have one of these tables we bought back when we first bought this house and before we had built my shop. Here is some pictures of it. It is all oak, which makes the base very heavy to start with. It has small casters on the bottom so you can move it around very easy. If I can take any more pictures or help in any way let me know, also if you just grab 1 side of it it will get hung up from not coming up even..

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#8 posted 08-02-2015 11:19 PM

Thanks, Vest, I appreciate your offer. :)

-- Art

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