Adding a plywood table top

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Forum topic by Richard210363 posted 09-29-2014 08:16 AM 984 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-29-2014 08:16 AM

I’m not a joiner but my friend and I recently built this out of a left over Ikea Varde kitchen cabinet.

It’s my kitchen table/trolley and very useful it is.

However it’s a bit small for multiple people so I want to fit a larger temporary top when people are round.

I have 4 squares of plywood left over from the kitchen rebuild that together will be large enough.

There is a slot built into the kitchen to take these squares for storage.

As you can see they just fit into the gap (that may be a design flaw) so I can’t have hinges that are not flush to the surface or recessed.

My question is; what is a good way to attach these squares so they form one large sheet I can place on top of the kitchen table/trolley?

I’ve tried Sewing Machine hinges but they require a recess that goes through the sheet and is visible from the top.
I’ve considered long metal rods drilled into the edges or bunk bed supports but I don’t really know which might work.

Criteria are:
Any hardware must be flush or recessed. At least I think so, you may know better.
I have standard home power tools
For preference the top of the sheet is continuous without holes.
The sheets are 1.5cm which is a little under half an inch

Thanks for looking


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#1 posted 09-29-2014 02:04 PM

Not in 1/2 Plywood. Even 3/4 would be a challenge to achieve the criteria that you are asking.
Table or chest latches recessed in a mortise come to mind. Also offset pin holes in a stirrup joint.

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#2 posted 09-29-2014 02:55 PM

Thanks for the reply.
With my level of knowledge it’s just as useful to know what isn’t possible before I waste too much time.

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#3 posted 09-29-2014 05:17 PM

Yep. Barrel hinges would work in 3/4” but 1/2” is tough.

-- Brad, Texas,

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