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Forum topic by CharlesA posted 07-10-2013 01:15 AM 1999 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CharlesA

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07-10-2013 01:15 AM

I outsmarted myself. I am making a fold-down desk out of sapele. I decided to use piano hinges and these stopmatic supports from Rockler for supporting the desk when folded out (she is planning on using her laptop here a lot).

I have the entire thing built, when I pull out the stopmatic supports and realize they are much taller than I realized, and interfere with a little cubby shelf. I can’t believe I didn’t check first.

I am using the piano hinges for alignment and smooth folding, but they cannot support it on their own.
Any suggestions for another solution? Thanks.

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#1 posted 07-10-2013 01:26 AM

A lot of that style desk has a pull out board or drawer to support the desk surface.

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#2 posted 07-10-2013 01:32 AM

I dismantled a decrepit old secretary with those hinges (which I kept). It had a small cubbyhole style shelf that was it’s own separate construction, about 2” narrower than the desk opening, and it was attached to the back inside wall of the secretary. The two hinges then sat flush against the sides in the 1/2-3/4” space between them and the cubbyhole piece.

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#3 posted 07-10-2013 01:47 AM

looks like these are pretty standard

I’ve seen them from 1.95 to $60.00. Rockler’s are $20 and get terrible reviews. Finding solidly constructed ones would be important.

Still looking for ideas!

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