Lifting coffee table top
I recently saw an Ottoman at the store that featured a specialty hinge that allowed the top of it to lift up and forward, resulting in a sort of cantilevered effect when it was opened. I would like to incorporate this into a coffee table that I am planning as we often like to eat in front of the television. However, I have searched through my hardware catalogs and haven’t found anything similar. I was wondering if anyone knew what this sort of hinge is called so that I could search for it or if there is an established technique for creating this effect oneself (e.g. out of bearings and wood strips). I thank you for your time and look forward to hearing any thoughts on the matter.
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The other day I pulled about 40 ShopNotes and Wood Smith mags from my files looking for info an a project I was working on and there was an article on making a coffee table with just that hardware you are looking for. It was spring loaded I think. I have refiled all those mags or I would look it up for you. It was most likely in Woodsmith. Hopes this helps.
Lee Valley has two mechanisms in their hardware catalog for doing this. One is called a "Pop-up table Mechanism" and the other device is a "Parallock". Neither are inexpensive.
well...nothing from Lee Valley is cheap. ;-) That Parallock looks pretty cool. I might try that. Thank you.
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