|Forum topic by camps764||posted 04-03-2014 11:44 AM||1540 views||0 times favorited||18 replies|
04-03-2014 11:44 AM
Good morning ya’ll.
Working on an interesting design right now, and wanted to put it out into the LJ universe to see how everyone else would approach it. The table itself is actually designed to roll up the wall similar to a garage door when you don’t need to seat as many people.
A little back story…
A co-worker saw the table on an episode of ‘Elbow Room’ a while back, and asked me if I could design something similar for her. I never actually saw the show myself, but found one picture of the table Google. I reached out to the designer from the show to ask if she could share more photos, and even though she was a super nice lady, she wasn’t able to share any thing else other than the one picture on Google.
So here’s the table…
I’d love to hear other’s opinions on my approach, and how they’d do it differently (or the same). Especially in regards to the roller assembly.
Top – each piece will be connected by a small strip of canvas sandwiched between pieces. Looks like this is how it’s done in the picture, and makes the most sense to my brain. I feel like I’ve seen sliding doors that follow curves on furniture done this way before.
Aprons – Planning to do something similar to the leaves in a dining table. Part of the apron and table will always be out to sit out, the extension will be on the inside of the fixed portion of the apron. The fixed portion of the apron will have a curve in it to lead the top up the wall when not in use.
Tracks/Runners It looks like it uses something similar to T-tracks up the wall, and I imagine also bent to follow the curves in the apron. I was thinking of cutting a slot in the apron using a router to create the guides. I’m not sure how easy it is to bend something like T-track.
Rollers – This part has me REALLY stumped. I thought about some sort of small set of bearings mounted to each table slate. I’m concerned the bearings will be kind of loud though. I have also considered just mounting metal pins on the end of each table slat to guide, but I’m also worried about longevity and friction. I’m not really very knowledgeable about bearings and small parts that would roll. This is the spot I really need help on.
So what would you do in each of these areas? Would really love to hear any and all ideas on how to solve for this one.