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05-30-2011 02:44 PM

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Hi, I hope someone can help me.
I have an issue with `reciprocating` or sometimes called `Equalizing` table slides.

I have designed a table with a central butterfly leave which folds out and two leaves that move when pulled to reveal the gap for the butterfly see pics (if they work).

The problem is the clearance between the rails. The clearance is about 1000mm so this limits the motion of the slides. I require an opening of about 500mm . This means that each leaf will need to travel 250mm.

I have found some slides with reciprocating action and a correct sized opening (see links)

However I have found that the fully open lenth of these seams to be about 1200mm or more.

so these are the questions / problems.
1: Can I trim the end off the slides to allow more clearance ??
2: Should I cut a small slot in the end apron/ stretcher to allow the slides to pass through, covering the slots when closed with a small piece of matching timber.
3: Should I make the end aprons/ stretchers false so they can move with the leaves.
4: should I just use another slide system (see links)

like linear rails, heavy duty drawer slides, or other slide system. And then make my own seperate reciprocating motion with mybe a rack and pinion set into the top of the stretchers and the underside of the leaves.?
5: Any other ideas or relevant experiences?

Sorry to be so longwinded. Any help at all most welcome .
Thanks in advance Ollie

-- Ollie, UK.

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