Expanding Table Looks Great Open or Closed
Hinged side rails are the secret
Synopsis: This table expands and contracts with no compromise in appearance, strength, or utility. Greg Brown first tried the mechanics on a Chippendale design, but realized it can be used on small tables of any style, and the accordion-style mechanism gets even simpler when you don’t have to contend with fancy cabriole legs. The top folds in two on card-table hinges, while an internal panel slides forward in grooves to lock the side aprons open when they are unfolded. The sides pivot on butt hinges and modified knife hinges.
The problem with most expanding card tables is that they either look good when open or when closed, but rarely both, and sometimes neither. If the legs are symmetrical in one position, they usually aren’t in the other, and in either position they may get in the way of the user or not provide optimum support.
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