Light duty lift top coffee table mechanism

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Forum topic by CWWoodworking posted 02-26-2019 10:37 PM 260 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-26-2019 10:37 PM

Coming out with a lift top coffee table. The style is shaker-ish. Not a lot of weight. I got a mech off of Amazon. Works good except the mech is too stiff and it’s hard to close.

Anyone have any experience with something lighter tension?

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#1 posted 02-26-2019 11:08 PM

well probably not, i made a lift top coffee table from a wine barrell and got mine on amazon also,probably the same is stiff but you dont want it crashing down top weighed about 20 great though.

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#2 posted 02-26-2019 11:58 PM

What is making it stiff? Does it have a spring or gas spring or is it friction? Would it be possible to switch out the springs for slightly weaker ones?

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#3 posted 02-27-2019 12:00 AM

Wonder if the spring needs to be broken in some

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#4 posted 02-27-2019 12:05 AM

Gas shock absorber.

Have tried taking them off, one off, using springs instead, helper springs.

Nothing really worked. Was hoping someone ran into this before.

I understand about what goes up must come down deal. This is just a pretty small top, 19×36 4/4 oak

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