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mikeber

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12-05-2021 10:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hardware for furniture

Apologies if this topic (hardware) doesnt belong here but couldn’t find a better forum.

I’m interested in building a desk/table with a hidden shelf (or surface) that can be pushed in or out depending on need. I’ve seen tables that can be extended like that. Like a keyboard tray under a computer desk, but one that snaps and sits flush with the tabletop when fully extended.

Couldn’t find such hardware at any of the regular suspects (rockler, lee valley, woodcraft, etc). The following link illustrates what I’m talking about:

https://www.dutchcrafters.com/Amish-Grainvalley-Drawleaf-Extension-Dining-Table/p/1210


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#1 posted 12-05-2021 10:38 PM

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#2 posted 12-05-2021 11:18 PM

Thank you Les.
I think that must be it. But again, so many stores and nobody seems to know about it, or keep this slide in stock.

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#3 posted 12-05-2021 11:32 PM

I have also seen similar at RV stores. A lot of accessories they sell in RV stores to add space to an RV and then fold out of the way.

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#4 posted 12-06-2021 12:03 AM

Here we go:

https://youtu.be/Ur1Y2Nyt_PU

The term they use seems to be – “refectory table mechanism”

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#5 posted 12-06-2021 03:21 AM

You should be able to make hidden dovetail slides. Similar to dovetail slides on the bottom of a drawer… Same as the Rockler item#24877.

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#6 posted 12-06-2021 04:54 AM

Sure. But how do you make them flush with the rest of the table?

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#7 posted 12-06-2021 01:17 PM

have a look here:
https://dblaney.wordpress.com/2014/10/04/draw-leaf-tables-dutch-pull-outs-too-more-about-how-they-work/

It doesn’t seems difficult to make by yourself.
Two limitations, though:
- the pull-out top can not be as deep as the cabinet top (although the mechanism pointed to by LesB doesn’t seem to suffer from this limitation) ;
- the principal table top must be lifted a little bit during operation (don’t put a filled glass on it).

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn (and that is nice)

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#8 posted 12-06-2021 10:05 PM

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