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perfesser

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06-30-2017 11:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drop leaf question

Wife needs drop leaves for her sewing table. Not too big a deal. The issue is she wants one on the back and one on the side. I need some way to make a floating section to fill in that back corner tween the side and the back wing. Making one of the wings longer would make it in the way. Any ideas on how to securely attach a “floating corner wing” to the read and side drop leaves?

thanks bunches for any ideas.

john

-- in the garage, making sawdust..


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Madmark2

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#1 posted 07-01-2017 12:55 AM

build the drop in part seperately and use a swing leg

M

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perfesser

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#2 posted 07-01-2017 02:56 AM

swing leg? ok, I’m missing something obvious. the floating corner wing is approx 10×10, another whole leg. Sorry, I’m not getting what I’m sure is simple.

john

-- in the garage, making sawdust..

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dhazelton

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#3 posted 07-01-2017 11:09 AM

If your wings had a couple of small cleats attached to the underside the 10×10 wing could rest on those. Not elegant but will work. You could just put velcro tape on to hold the corner piece in place

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hotbyte

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#4 posted 07-01-2017 12:29 PM

Hinge a piece on one of the drop downs so after drop down is in place you can fold over corner part. Cleat on other drop down to hold corner piece in place.

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#5 posted 07-01-2017 02:32 PM

Offset hinges. When folded the 10×10 wing is on top, the back wing is under it, and the side wing is on the bottom. Unfold the back wing first, the 10×10 will hang down underneath the back wing. Unfold the side wing and at the same time lift the 10×10 wing from the bottom of the back wing. Use catches or latches to attach the 10×10 wing to the side wing.

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#6 posted 07-02-2017 01:58 AM

Perfesser,

Three separate butt jointed and hinged tables can be folded one on top of the other and made to fit the sewing machine mounting table when closed by using some drop leaf hinges (or even mortised-in piano hinges) and what I call a hinge spline. When open the auxiliary tables would provide the extended work surface needed by your wife. The fully extended table could be self-supporting and thus require no addition support, if enough hinges are used. A relatively narrow drop-in floating insert would be needed if a continuous auxiliary table surface is required. The sewing machine mounting table is what I call the table surface that supports the sewing machine.

The first outfeed table would connect to the sewing machine mounting table by hinges and would fold and set directly on top of the sewing machine mounting table. This first outfeed table would be directly opposite your wife when she is sewing.

The side extension table would also have an outfeed table hinged to the side extension table. This outfeed table would fold on top of the side extension table.

The side extension table would connect to the side of the sewing machine mounting table using the hinge spline. The width of the hinge spline would need to equal the thickness of the first outfeed table + the thickness of the side extension table’s outfeed table. The hinge spine would connect by hinges to both the sewing machine mounting table and the side extension table.

With the side extension table’s outfeed table folded onto the side extension table, the two tables would be folded up. The pair of tables would then be 90 degrees to the sewing machine mounting table when the hinge spline begins to move from its horizontal to its vertical position via the hinges connecting the hinge spline to the sewing machine mounting table. The side extension table and its outfeed table would continue folding onto the top of the already folded first outfeed table by hinges that connect the hinge spline to the sewing machine mounting table. The width of the hinge spline would allow the side extension table and its outfeed table to lay flat on the first outfeed table.

All hinges would need to be mounted so that, when fully opened, the hinge plates are exposed. If several hinges are used at each joint and the outfeed and side extension tables are not too large and care is taken to avoid place heavy items on the outfeed and extension tables, the hinges may be all that is required to keep the outboard auxiliary tables in the horizontal folded-out positions. Butt joints where the table surfaces are hinged would provide support for the opened auxiliary tables.

There would be a gap between the two outfeed tables equal to the width of the hinge spline. This void could be filled in by making an insert that is half lapped on the edges. The insert’s half laps would allow the insert to set flush in corresponding half laps milled into the edges of the outfeed tables to receive the insert. A single dowel pin glue into the insert and which drops into a corresponding hole in an outfeed table would keep the insert in place.

The hinge spline would set proud of the end on the sewing machine mounting table when all tables are closed.

Since this may be a confusing explanation, I include some drawings where the red dotted lines represent the joints where the hinges are placed. Please disregard the width notation for the hinge spline in the drawings. The width should read the combined thickness of the two outfeed tables.

Auxiliary Tables Extended…

Folding the Outfeed and Initial Folding of the Extension Table…

Last Fold and Closed Position…

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perfesser

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#7 posted 07-03-2017 02:36 PM

wow! that’s a cool solution! I’m going to end up with the floating corner piece piano hinged to the back drop leaf and a swing out cleat on the side leaf to support it. Adding stuff to existing furniture after the fact is a real challenge!

Thanks for all the suggestions!

John

-- in the garage, making sawdust..

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