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Forum topic by bobkberg posted 01-04-2010 05:03 AM 1193 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-04-2010 05:03 AM

My wife found the following table on the internet:

It’s basically a tricky way of adjusting a table to be either coffee table height or dining table height, and she wants me to build one.

Anyone out there have any ideas on how this thing actually works? – The changeable height I mean.



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#1 posted 01-04-2010 05:15 AM

Without knowing for certain, it appears that the legs are hinged in pairs. I would then assume that there are two stops per leg mounted to the underside of the tabletop that allow each leg to be ‘locked’ at the either height. Think of the back adjustment that is typical of outdoor lounge chairs that allows you to adjust the angle of the back. Without plans the way I would go about working out the math would be to model the complete assembly on the computer (either in autocad or sketchup).

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#2 posted 01-06-2010 08:37 AM

I can’t swear to it but I’ve seen a table that looks like it’s built on a similar principle. The legs aren’t actually attached to the top permanently. The top just sets on top of them or perhaps it’s temporarily pinned. The legs are fixed joints and by changing the orientation of the legs it changes the height. A much less artistic example of what I am trying to explain… The link doesn’t look anything like what your showing, I’ll admit, but the principle bears some scrutiny.

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#3 posted 01-06-2010 06:30 PM

Yeah, I was thinking it works like the adjustable shelves on the Jefferson book stand.

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#4 posted 01-06-2010 08:05 PM

Thanks NoSlivers, CaptainSkully,

I’m studying as many angles as I can. Persistence (and help from folks like you) will carry the day.


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#5 posted 01-06-2010 08:16 PM

Lee Valley sells a hinge assembly for popup coffee tables .,43586,43594&ap=1

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#6 posted 01-06-2010 10:26 PM

Isn’t this a sort of ironing board? Even if it isn’t a design like an ironing board’s legs should work.

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#7 posted 01-06-2010 10:43 PM

Well, the top is in separate pieces and folds up. That much is clear from the two photos. In the coffee table photo it looks like three pieces, but in the dinner table photo it looks like two. Honestly, two makes more since.

The base is more interesting. It look like you have two separate units, each with two legs that attach off-center in a scissor. Flip them on end and they are tall, flip them on their side and they are short.

Assume that each leg is 48” with a very wide “V” shape (much like a rafter on a shallow pitched roof). One end of the “V” would be about 1/3 of the overall length and the other leg is the remaining 2/3s. Attach them at the point like scissors.

I’d do a sketchup of it, but it’s snowing outside and the boss is letting me off early (and there is more work at home than at work today).


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#8 posted 01-06-2010 11:10 PM

look at this one

i think it’s close


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