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Forum topic by toddbeaulieu posted 12-10-2015 03:20 PM 523 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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toddbeaulieu

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12-10-2015 03:20 PM

I’m pretty much finished a beefy, rustic coffee table, but apparently not ready to let it go just yet.

I’m thinking about building a shallow drawer (remotes, books, etc.) that will be hidden up under the table, behind the 5” apron. The idea is to reach up under, grab a handle of sorts and pull down an assembly that houses the drawer, which could then be slid out.

Ignore the layer order of these arms, but the general idea is something like this. This is a cut away view of under the table, as though the table were cut in half length-wise and you’re looking in from the end. The two vertical boards are the front/rear aprons. The top line is the under side of the top. The board that the two upper arms are attached to would be a new front to back block to hold the assembly.

Would probably hold it in the up position with magnets so that a spring wouldn’t constantly be trying to pull it back up. I’d consider specialized hinges if I could find them but so far I’ve come up empty on searches for previous works.

Yes, I like to over-complicate things. If you have any suggestions for a simpler approach I’m all ears.

Thanks!


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#1 posted 12-10-2015 03:36 PM

I really have no idea, but I wonder if something like this (http://www.leevalley.com/en/hardware/page.aspx?p=40573&cat=3,43586,43594) could be mounted upside down and modified for what you have in mind. Bit pricey though.

-- James

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#2 posted 12-10-2015 04:17 PM

James, that’s pretty darned close to what I need. I could make that work, but I am NOT about to drop two and a quarter on a “hinge”!

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#3 posted 12-10-2015 07:41 PM

Sorry, you saw the Canadian price. You get it for a steal at $189 USD.

-- James

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#4 posted 12-10-2015 08:30 PM

Could you fold down the apron and then just have a pull out drawer? just a thought.
otherwise look at under counter pull downs. I’m sure HD or lowes would have the hardware once you find what you want,then print out a picture to show the part timers what your looking for.otherwise they will look at you like a deer in the headlights.

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#5 posted 12-10-2015 08:31 PM

I didn’t want to compromise the integrity of the structure and chose up front to mortise/tenon the frame. I have had sliding aprons in the past, but for this one I was thinking of retro fitting it. I found a number of pop up hinges, but none meant to swing down. I think I’m going to abandon the idea.

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#6 posted 12-11-2015 02:11 AM

Are you familiar with this pull-down cookbook rack hardware? Not a drawer, but could maybe be adapted to your use.

KV UC Cookbook hinge

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