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03-03-2018 01:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: folding table locking legs

I’m building a rectangular folding table with a 1.5” skirt and two pairs of legs joined like an H. The legs swing in flat, pivoting on 1” long dowels. I’ve searched and searched, to no avail, for an elegant and quick way to lock the legs in the extended position. I decided to be a purist, so no metal whatsoever. Any ideas?


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#1 posted 03-03-2018 02:44 PM

When the legs swim down can you make a dowel that pushes in the end of it to hold it in place?

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#2 posted 03-03-2018 05:53 PM

Usually with that style the legs would be moved away from the apron an inch or more so they splay out when fully open. Look up breakfast trays for inspiration.

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#3 posted 03-03-2018 07:49 PM

How about a wooden spring?
It would be possible to hold the legs open and even closed with a judicious design and location of the “spring”.

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#4 posted 03-04-2018 12:47 AM

I like that idea, a wood spring. Attach it to the inside of the apron. Good thinking.

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#5 posted 03-04-2018 10:00 AM

Thanks for the tips. I ended up using a triangle brace – I’ll post some pix soon.

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#6 posted 03-04-2018 09:35 PM



Thanks for the tips. I ended up using a triangle brace – I ll post some pix soon.

- swisscheese

That is exactly what I was thinking of suggesting. Seems the simplest, and sturdiest, way to go.

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#7 posted 04-04-2018 01:51 PM

I’m still perfecting the design and have another problem. Each leg rotates on a dowel. To allow to disassemble the table I did not glue the dowels. I pin it with a smaller cross dowel but that smaller dowel could slip out at some point. Is there some elegant way to lock the dowel in yet make it removable?

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#8 posted 04-04-2018 03:26 PM

Put a safety pin on the safety pin? Kidding, I would wait and see if the dowel pin does slip.make it snug but not too tight and it should be fine. Or use a locking metal pin.

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#9 posted 04-04-2018 03:28 PM

I’m trying to be a purist – no metal and no “maybe it won’t slip”. And if make it too tight it will be too hard to remove.

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#10 posted 04-04-2018 03:38 PM

Use a locking wedge.

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#11 posted 04-04-2018 03:46 PM

What’s that?

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#12 posted 04-04-2018 03:49 PM

This might give you some ideas. Just substitute the metals with wood dowels:
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/190370

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#13 posted 04-04-2018 04:16 PM

Thanks. Clever. But still don’t find a locking wedge.

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#14 posted 04-04-2018 06:12 PM

Why did you use a dowel if you don’t trust it? A wedge can be used to lock another thing in place. Like a doorstop or tusk tenon or Shipwright’s vises. You could also use a tapered pin in a tapered hole so it’s always tight.

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#15 posted 04-04-2018 06:52 PM

Wedges and press fits are both based on friction and can come loose. I’m looking for something simple based on a snapping action.

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