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04-02-2014 03:57 PM

Saw this side table in another rv and not sure how to build it. This built in cabinet is 4” deep, 24” inches wide, and 24” tall. A portion of the top is hinged (long ways) to allow for a 18” wide 20” deep, 1” thick table to pull up out of inside of cabinet, and fold back to 90 degrees. This is usually in front of a chair for a laptop or…

Thank you so much for your help. Bob

The first picture on this site shows a similar table.
http://www.midwestautomotivedesigns.com/?page=model&model=2


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#1 posted 04-02-2014 06:14 PM

If I am understanding the function of the table / cabinet, I wonder what happens with the cabinet when the table is stored inside it. Is the cabinet just left open at the top ?

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#2 posted 04-02-2014 11:51 PM

A portion of the top is hinged. Top is closed when table is not out.

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#3 posted 04-03-2014 02:27 AM

Where is the top ? Is it shown in the picture ?

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#4 posted 04-03-2014 03:54 AM

Here are 2 more pictures. Hope this helps

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#5 posted 04-03-2014 07:06 AM

If I understand this correctly, the table pulls up out of the 4” deep cabinet. I think the table is supported on the front of the cabinet. My guess is there is probably an arrangement similar to a dowel on the back edge of the table. It probably rides in a track that keeps the back of the table against the back of the cabinet. The back edge rests under the top of the cabinet which holds the back down. With the table setting on the front and the back held down by the cabinet top, you have a table for small items. It will not support much weight.

If that doesn’t make any sense, I can draw a sketch and post it tomorrow.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 04-03-2014 08:17 PM

I would appreciate the sketch.
Thank you Bob

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#7 posted 04-04-2014 01:15 AM

This forum would not display a PDF, so here is a JPG of the drawing.

I’m just a wanna be WW, but this is how I would do it. Open the lid and pull the table up and out. It runs in the track to keep it stable and keep it from falling out when in the in use position.

Edit: that dowel sticking out of the end of the cleat is to run in the track. My drawing doesn’t’ have the track going all the way to the top so you can see the cleat and dowel clearly, but it will need to to keep the table from slipping out when in use.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 04-04-2014 03:27 AM

My guess would be a folding shelf bracket like these:
http://www.sdslondon.co.uk/folding-shelf-brackets.html

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#9 posted 04-04-2014 06:01 AM

Take a look at post #4. The problem with the folding brackets is the recliners would have to move to fold out the shelf and the brackets would be in the way of the person sitting in the chair.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 04-04-2014 02:21 PM

Topamax, I think you’ve pretty much got it. I just don’t understand what supports the table. It seems pretty flimsy. Your drawing shows the front edge of the cabinet coming out pretty far for support but I don’t see than in the pictures (except, maybe, one of the original shots where there may be something there but I really can’t tell).

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#11 posted 04-04-2014 03:12 PM

I believe bob has the right Idea but there is hard ware outthere that will do the same thing.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#12 posted 04-04-2014 04:28 PM

Oh I see, the table comes up and out.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#13 posted 04-04-2014 04:44 PM

I think you could use drawer slides mounted vertically on the non-folding section of the table and a piano hinge to provide a good pivot for the connection between the two.

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#14 posted 04-04-2014 05:19 PM

I just don’t understand what supports the table.

Not much support. It will be a bit fragile for most purposes, but that is the price of cramped space in an RV. It is only supported by the front edge of the cabinet and pushing up against the cabinet top at the back. The dowels in the track at the top keep it from slipping out. Definitely not stable enough for kids to use, but should be fine for adults to eat or use a lap top.

Jim, What would keep the top up if that sliding door hardware were mounted vertically? Seems like it would take a lot “opening” spring pressure to support the table and anything on it.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 04-04-2014 05:23 PM

bigblockyeti, I think drawer slides would work rather than make a track like I have drawn. Rather than attaching a drawer, there would be a pivot pint at the outside end of the slide.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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