Construct a folding card desk


Synopsis: This prime design, relationship again to the Federal interval, pivots 90° and folds open to double the work space. This manner of constructing a desk eliminates the necessity for fly rails or elaborate assist mechanisms, and it may be tailored to tables of many alternative sizes. The bottom is a straightforward design, and the highest is made from two leaves, joined with hinges. Putting in the hinges and pivot level could seem difficult, however Steve Latta explains it utilizing a easy methodology.

Through the Federal interval, some card tables and even eating tables had a singular design that allowed the highest to pivot 90° after which fold open, doubling its floor space. Constructing a desk this manner eradicated the necessity for fly rails or different elaborate assist mechanisms. The design is pure simplicity, and I believed it applicable for a certificates desk that I made for my Quaker assembly. Within the Quaker religion, the marriage couple indicators their names to a wedding certificates that states their dedication to one another. All members in attendance signal the certificates as properly in assist of the union. I made a second model of the desk for my house, and it has confirmed to be some of the versatile items I stay with. Close to the entrance door, within the smaller place, it serves as an entryway desk, holding keys and mail. Opened bigger, it affords drinks and hors d’oeuvres. I can simply see altering the scale to make espresso tables or finish tables with the identical approach.

The bottom and prime are fundamental in design

The bottom for the desk is nothing greater than 4 splayed legs linked to tenoned aprons. When closed, the highest measures 15 in. by 24 in., has a 1-in. overhang on all sides, and shows a veneered floor. When rotated and opened, the highest doubles in dimension to 24 in. by 30 in., overhanging the edges by 5-1 ⁄ 2 in. and the ends by 4 in., and is roofed in leather-based, offering an incredible floor for signing the certificates. The folding prime is made from two plywood leaves. I veneer one aspect of every leaf, after which, in a separate step, I glue a single piece of leather-based throughout the opposite aspect of each leaves. Then I body the highest with strong lipping and fasten it to the bottom of the desk.

Simple base

straightfoward base drawing

Add a body and hinges

As soon as the 2 leaves are surfaced, you may apply the edging. The three uncovered sides of every leaf get coated with a 1-in. strip of cherry mitered on the outer corners. Including biscuits alongside the joint helps with alignment and slippage. The edging could be flushed on the veneered aspect of the leaf however I do my finest to keep away from taking that threat with the leather-based, since there isn’t a simple touch-up to a gouge within the leather-based floor.

Latta clamps a thin ruler between the two halves of the top
The house between. Latta clamps a skinny ruler between the 2 halves of the highest when he does the hinge format, making certain there might be a small hole between them when the hinges are put in. With out the house, the leaves of the highest can pinch in again and spring open within the entrance.

Lay out and mark
Lay out and mark. Pencil across the hinge itself to start the format. Then use a marking gauge to attain the placement. Do the format so the top of the L with the metal hyperlink sits only a hair happy with the highest’s floor. The rear fringe of the knuckle ought to lengthen a hair previous the folding fringe of the highest.

Contributing editor Steve Latta teaches woodworking at Thaddeus Stevens Faculty in Lancaster, Pa.

Pictures: Anissa Kapsales; drawings: John Hartman.

From Fantastic Woodworking #299

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