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Glynne Roberts09/11/2011 14:46:19
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In the vain hope that I can release our dining table for the purpose it was designed for, I have agreed to build my wife a sewing station in one of the bedrooms. To save space, the plan is to wall mount the table and have this drop down when needed. I have already cheated slightly in buying 2 x 9 drawer IKEA units (which would take me an eternity to build and cost a fortune) and the intention is to have the table drop down between these. This will be functional rather than anything particularly aesthetic (i.e. not using my decent timber) and I'm really looking for any design ideas, suggestions, thoughts on hardware, types of legs etc. One possibility is to incorporate the table (when folded up) as the front of a narrow set of shelves which would help hide the clutter but I'm not looking for this to be a major project as I have a list of "proper" projects as long as my arm. Any help and advice will be gladly received.

Oddjob09/11/2011 16:33:57
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How about going back to Ikea to buy this?
If you really want to make one try this or this.
I also recall that there was a project for one in either Get Woodworking or The Woodworker within the last year or so.
Glynne Roberts09/11/2011 17:31:56
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Thank you for the reply. I probably wasn't very clear in my original post in that the table will fold away upwards, and open by dropping down. The reason simply being to give the maximum length of table possible. So I'm thinking either a piano hinge to avoid chunky normal hinges and either an integral leg or some separate form of support (e.g a trestle).
Derek Lane09/11/2011 17:53:04
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I think I misread this but any way using 2 chest of draw units and making a centre piece as shefs and a sewing machine storage and table all in one
Shows middle unit open and closed
Glynne Roberts09/11/2011 18:03:24
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Pretty close - but the table will extend a lot further out than the drawers (say 1 metre +) and so will need an additional support at the end given that it will be taking the weight of a sewing machine.
Paul Jones 409/11/2011 23:30:00
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How about something along the lines of a wallpaper pasting table

When the table is folded away it would cover the shelving and form a front cover. The support legs would be on the inside so you wouldn't see them.


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