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Forum topic by ctalbanese posted 08-24-2012 04:02 PM 1434 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-24-2012 04:02 PM

I’m looking to make a bar similar to the one shown in the photos. It looks like the top is two separate pieces joined by hinges that are on one side of the piece when folded up. It appears that the top slides to where the hinges are centered on the piece and opens up to make a large top. My question is, what kind of hardware can I use to slide the top back and forth? Thanks!

-- Chris

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#1 posted 08-24-2012 06:45 PM

I haven’t done this, but couldn’t you use a drawer slide or 2 that would be screwed into the top of the case and mortised into the bottom side of one of the 2 top pieces. In essence, you would make a sliding tray. Then any hinges would work to connect the 2 top pieces to each other. The drawer slide would need to be appropriately sized for the top of the case. You might also want to put a catch of some sort on it so it wouldn’t slide when you didn’t want it to. Does this make sense? :)

-- Art

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#2 posted 08-25-2012 01:20 AM

Chris, Like Art said, you could use drawer slides. If you look on my project page, you will find a cherry end table I built that the top slides to one side. I used the Blum soft close undermount slides for this project, but that was because I had plenty of room to hide the slides and I wanted the soft close feature. I can’t see the left end of the unit in the picture to see how they might have hidden the slides when pushed back to the center. If you noticed on mine, I have a molding mounted below the lip of the top. three sides are mounted to the cabinet and the one is mounted to the top so it can slide with the top. Let me know if you have any questions on how I did mine. I designed this piece off the top of my head, so I don’t have any plans on showing how I mounted everything. Good luck; looks like a fun project.

-- John @

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