Banjo tilt latch

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Forum topic by newwoodbutcher posted 10-30-2016 06:08 AM 450 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-30-2016 06:08 AM

I’m building a sewing center for my wife. One design aspext is a fold up top, sort of a rule jount set up. I bought these great looking Banjo tilt latches thinking i would use them to hold open the fold up top. I can’t figure out how to use them and can’t find anything helpful on the net. Can anyone help?

-- Ken

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#1 posted 10-31-2016 05:44 AM

Am I in exotic territory here? Eleven days without one response, that’s a first for me on this site.

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#2 posted 10-31-2016 06:10 AM

I hear you buddy, but I don’t know what a rule joint is and although I have seen tilt latches I don’t know what a bango latch is maybe a picture would get you some answers. Good luck.

-- Tom D

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#3 posted 10-31-2016 07:54 AM

I know what a rule joint is, and I know what a banjo catch is, but I don’t really know what your table design is all about. Can you share a sketch?

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#4 posted 10-31-2016 01:07 PM


I am not sure what you mean by banjo tilt latch. There seem to be a number of latches/catches that go by the banjo latch label. A photo would be helpful. Nonetheless, I will take a stab into the dark.

I see no practical or even decorative use of the banjo latches for the top. When the top is opened, gravity, the hinges, and the edge joint (whether a rule or butt joint) between the table and sewing machine cabinet will hold the top in the folded out position, although I would probably add some additional support to the opened table, depending on its size. Although unnecessary, the banjo latch could be added to hold the top closed when folded over and on top of the sewing machine cabinet. Depending on the latch/catch design, perhaps the catch could be let into the top and the latch mounted on the side of the cabinet. However, I suspect the latch would remain mostly unnoticed.

The sewing machine cabinets I have seen include a hinged panel that covers the knee-well, hiding the sewing machine when it is retracted into the cabinet. The banjo latch could perhaps be used to keep this knee-well panel closed and maybe even a second latch to keep the hinged panel open. It would be functional, readily visible, and a probably a straight forward installation. Additional doors that may be included in the sewing center design could also be kept closed with the banjo latches (depending on the design of the latch).

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