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Old 27-05-2009, 00:34   #1
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Table Extension Flap

hi every one

I have added a hinged extension to my relatively small salon table to enable the crew on the opposite settee to share a meal in the main cabin
this " flap" can be hinged downward out of the way to free the passage towards the forward cabin.
can any one suggest a homebuilt mechanism mounted to the underside allowing this extension to be aligned and horizontal with the main table ?? it should also be able to support at least 5 kgs
all ideas are welcome

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Old 27-05-2009, 00:38   #2
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by the way, any sketches, photos or links would be much appreciated
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Old 27-05-2009, 00:51   #3
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I will be interested in this thread also. I made a relatively large table for my cabin and have included hinges underneath ready for the unkind cut down the centre - but I haven't yet made the cut for exactly the reasons you mention! Good luck to both of us! (Pictures of it in my profile?
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A simple hinged "knee" under the table leaf will suffice. Mount the knee(s) so that the hinge is vertcle and it will fold against the table support structure.(you must make sure that there is sufficiant room to accomodate the knee when the table leaf is folded down)
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Old 27-05-2009, 07:13   #5
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My table has teak bars about 1"x2" which slide in or out of a wooden channel screwed into bottom of the pedestal part of the table and support the "flap" the table has a flap on each side with 2 bars on each flap.
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Old 27-05-2009, 08:51   #6
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Not sure if would work as well in this setting, but in similar land based applications I am a big fan of Flip Flop Hinges. Found an example of one online here: Flip Flop Table Hinge from the HardwareSource Hinge Store hope it helps. Good luck with the project.

Edit: diagram also included on website.
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We also use teak sliders that are removable from the table base. The leaf is mounted via a sliding hinge. For extra seating we have flip up seats on either side of the U shaped saloon table and also a flip up seat on the bulkhead of the opposite cabin. No pics, I'll try to get some this evening.
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The "knees" are easy, but as stated above you need enough overhang on the current table top to accomodate the knee folding away and allowing the leaf to drop to the vertical position.
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See this one, can be also fastened with clamps on tube
( sorry again Germany)

http://www.niro-petersen.de/images/katalog/7.pdf


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Not sure if would work as well in this setting, but in similar land based applications I am a big fan of Flip Flop Hinges. Found an example of one online here: Flip Flop Table Hinge from the HardwareSource Hinge Store hope it helps. Good luck with the project.
Edit: diagram also included on website.
Thanks for that - I'd forgotten the name.
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I've seen this type of extension used in RV's often. Though not sure if it's as big as you may be looking for: Oak Accents Countertop Extension - Item - Camping World

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Lots of good ideas here.

Regarding the hinged knee that Captain 465 mentioned, if the extension need not be raised or lowered frequently, the knee could be bolted to the vertical surface (if indeed there is one), and removed completely when extension is lowered.

A removable support leg could be utilised; I did this using chromed brackets made for this purpose. Thumbscrews to the leaf underside and to the floor.

The outside the box solution is to have lines with snap eyes on the ends attached to each corner, and strong padeyes overhead. Obviously results in obstructions above the table, but none below.
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Finally did it - went with Gord's Flip Flops, (Could not source them locally but found some online in South Australia) cut the table and attached the hinges. Very impressed with the way they work! I could not find stainless steel ones which is my only problem with them. Will post pickies soon.
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It was actually coffee who first posted the ďflip flopĒ table hinge.
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Finally did it - went with Gord's Flip Flops, (Could not source them locally but found some online in South Australia) cut the table and attached the hinges. Very impressed with the way they work! I could not find stainless steel ones which is my only problem with them. Will post pickies soon.
great piece of hardware, unfortunately not available here in lebanon
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