It seems that slide questions are all the rage right now, so I thought I would throw mine into the mix. I would like to make what looks like a standard table into a desk. I’m picturing one of the aprons folding down and allowing a keyboard tray to slide out. I see a few options, none are extremely appealing to me at this point so I am hoping for some input from the amazing designers here:
Use the pre made slide/hinge combo from Rocker:
These look extremely cheap for me, and the desk/table will be pretty substantial. I am guessing the keyboard tray will be 36” or so. These would look tiny/cheap on this piece, and not sure it would hold up.
Use a metal down on either side of the apron and drill a hole into each leg for the apron to pivot down from. Then either make wood drawer slides or use appropriate slides for the tray to slide out on. This is my leading idea at the moment. I worry about having a 4.5”x36” piece of lumber only being supported by two dowels. Chances are I would be fine, but seeing where the joints/dowels would be, I would about it break from an accidental smack of the keyboard tray or something.
Use a regular face frame cabinet hinge to attach the drawer front to the keyboard tray. This would probably work well, but I would have a very (VERY) ugly hinge that I would have to look at. Also, with a 36” length, I am guessing I would want to look at 3 hinges which would put one right in the middle of the tray…not good.
Similar to Option 3, use a concealed flap hinge:
this is better than option 3, but I really dont like that there will be a 1/8” or so reveal of the keyboard tray underneath the drawer front. Hopefully what I am saying there makes sense. If you look at the tech docs for the hings, you’ll see what I mean.
I really like the idea of using a flapper drawer to push the cabinet front out of the way. I think it would end up taking up too much internal real estate though. Also, most of the hardware I’ve see is meant for 3/4 doors and I will be using 15/16.
so any thoughts?