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Advise on Drop Front Bar

by jmos
posted 02-24-2017 02:32 PM

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 02-24-2017 02:37 PM

This might be what you’re looking for … ... in conjunction with the slide out supports.

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#2 posted 02-26-2017 02:13 PM

Yes, those hinges could work too, but as you noted, would still require some additional support. Unless someone makes a much larger version.

Any other thoughts, anyone?

-- John

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#3 posted 02-26-2017 05:27 PM

If you search for “flap stay” you will find various options. Here’s one: Flap Stay

Same for “Flap Hinge”:

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#4 posted 02-26-2017 09:35 PM

How about these hinges?
I didn’t put the link to eBay for these as it was w a y to long.
I just searched for secretary desk hinges of which there are many!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#5 posted 03-06-2017 10:12 PM

Just thought I’d update this – I talked to future owner of the piece and we decided to switch to two doors and a pull out shelf. With a 20” case I can make a shelf that pulls out 14” and still have 6” to house in a groove to provide support. Should be much more sturdy. I just couldn’t get past the vision of a couple of wood screws pulling out when the drop door was in use as a table and everything hitting the floor.

-- John

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#6 posted 03-07-2017 03:21 AM

Sounds like you changed the design but for future reference, I have seen center pivot hinges used for a fold-down door on a wine cabinet. The hinge is mortised into the side of the door instead of the surface so the screws are less likely to pull out. They made it so that the bottom of the door was slightly below the shelf so that when you fold it down the bottom pivots up so that the shelf supports the drop down door. I think that I saw this in a Woodsmith magazine.

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