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In the One Thing Leads To Another category (a category which pretty much characterizes my life), I'm making a work table.

Two things led to this project: First, I have a leftover door from the bedroom remodel; and second, several items1 on the remodel punchlist2 require sewing, which called for a bigger work surface than I have room for in my tiny house.

So hey, I have an idea!3 Why don't I make a wall-mounted, lift-up/drop-down table from that door? How hard could it be?4



Stripped to its essentials, a lift-up/drop-down table is a flat surface affixed to a wall with a hinge, and supported from below with...something...when you open it out.

The reality is a little more complicated. What's the surface? Which hinges will work? Where will the supports go when they aren't in use? What's the wall like? Etc., etc.

For at least two weeks, I've been learning about hinges and fiddling with foam-core mock-ups. After six trips to the corner hardware store and two to the Rebuilding Center, I think I'm ready to put the pieces together and mount them on the wall.

The door:
A hollow core door on sawhorses, painted gloss black
(Cue the Richard Strauss...)

The supports, cut from a sheet of forgotten and literally mouse-chewed plywood I discovered in my basement:
Two triangles of black-painted plywood mounted to wooden cleats with hinges

The massive strap-toggles I'll need to apply to the faulty wall to hold this whole thing up:
A large strap toggle, some four inch machine screws, and the quarter-inch drill bit needed to install them in the wall

The wall, which is nowhere near flat. You can see the first strap toggle sticking out at the far end. Eeek! It literally goes all the way through the wall to the other side! If this doesn't work, that poor wall will be even more ruined than it already is, and then what? (See One Thing Leads To Another, above.)
The wall where the table is going to to, marked up with blue tape and measurements

Okay, drill at the ready. I'm goin' in...



1slipcover, decorative pillows, a faux-fur throw. Ironically, no window treatments.

2I just learned that what's called a "punchlist" in my neck of the woods is called a "snag list" in the UK. Either way, it's the list of final corrections needed on a project.

3Another category that characterizes my life.

4And yet another.

Date: 2014-06-01 02:35 am (UTC)
donutsweeper: (Default)
From: [personal profile] donutsweeper
OOOOOH, that looks brilliant! Can't wait to see how it turns out.

Date: 2014-06-01 08:18 am (UTC)
ravurian: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ravurian
Ooh, you could mount some kind of frame on the underside and put some art in it, so that when the door is up against the wall it looks like a painting or something. Or! You could paint the underside with blackboard paint and use it as a storyboard or a notice board or an ideas board (though the chalk dust could be a pain)! Or just mount a cork board, I guess.

Date: 2014-06-01 12:40 pm (UTC)
lamentables: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lamentables
I did vaguely wonder if a 'punchlist' was all the irritating tasks you've left 'til last because they make you want to punch someone.

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