I'm in the process of making a potting bench out of more scrap wood that
is similar to this one, http://tinyurl.com/h8m9k6h , only the potting
soil bin is on the left of the one I'm making.
We have some scrap 1x6's, 1x4's, & 1x2's, so I've made the frame mostly
from the 1x6's and 1x4's, so far. I plan on using the 1x2's for shelf
backs and decorative edges, but not sure yet, because I'm making it up
as I go along.
I'd like to put an extension of the counter top on the right side and
make it a drop shelf that lays down on the right side of the potting
bench and be able to prop up the drop shelf when I need more space. I'd
like to use the materials I have, now, so I don't really want to go
purchase any sort of bracket that'll do the job. I'd like to use the
1x4's for the shelf prop. I've got some hinges I can use to attach to
the shelf so it'll drop down.
Any suggestions as to how to put it together the best way? I've looked
at various ideas I can find online, but none of them actually show any
close-ups of how the drop down shelf props are attached.
On Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 10:54:52 AM UTC-4, Muggles wrote:
Have ya heard of Google images? ;-)
This support swings sideways and stores under the "overhang".
This support can be attached to the bench and swing up or be attached under
the shelf and swing down.
Another option (not shown) is to use 2 long horizontal supports that slide
under the bench on tracks and are pulled out when required to support to
shelf. 2 supports with a cross piece on the "pull out" end would allow you
to pull both supports out at one time and provide extra crossways support
for the shelf. Add a handle for convenience. I'd make the supports at least twice the length of the shelf. They could even be angled so they get snug as
they are pulled out.
On Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 11:25:32 AM UTC-4, Muggles wrote:
What's to see?
There is no connection to underside of the shelf for this version, other
than the hinges between the shelf and the overhang. I hope you don't
need to see *them* to see where they should go.
The support just swings out via the clearly visible hinges. The board
that the hinges are attached to would be attached to the side
of the potting bench in whatever manner you see fit.
For this version, the support wouldn't need much more than a strip of
wood to keep the swing-up support from sliding once the weight of the
shelf was on it.
That said, if the shelf got knocked *upwards*, the support might slip out,
so you might want to add some type of latch between the bottom of the shelf
and the support to lock it down.
As far as the un-pictured slide out supports, there would nothing attached to
the underside of the shelf since the shelf would just sit on the supports
after they were pulled out from under the main part of the bench.
Ok I've looked at a few more photos, including yours, to get a better
idea of how it's done. The second image looks like it might work better
for me, but I'll mull it over before I actually add it to the potting
bench. I've only found one pair of hinges in the work shop, so I may
have to buy some more if I can't find another set laying around.
On Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 2:15:26 PM UTC-4, DerbyDad03 wrote:
Actually, that last one looks pretty easy since it could be glued
up from individual, easy to cut pieces. Each of the 4 sections could
be made from 2 flat strips and a center block. Glue the pieces together
and then sand to shape.
I might try that this weekend just for fun.
On Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 3:39:46 PM UTC-4, Muggles wrote:
Cut a small block of wood that is the exact same width as the panel.
Cut 2 thin strips that are about twice as long as the block.
Glue the strips to the side of the block.
Drill a hole in the block
Repeat 2 more times
Position as shown and glue/screw to panel
Insert peg through the holes
Center spacer between the upper and lower hinge sections might be optional,
but would be made the same way, just shorter and without a hole.
(Each section could actually be cut from a single piece of wood, but gluing
on the side strips would be much easier than cutting a perfect notch)
Ok ... I understand how you're making it. That would be a nice touch,
but I'm not sure I've got access to a sander to round off the edges like
in the photo. It's a sure bet my hands aren't steady enough to cut a
perfect notch, too.
It might be a bit of overkill, though, for a potting bench. Kind of a
fancy hinge for something that's just going to be getting dirty. Who
knows ... I might get inspired and try.
You've probably seen gate leg tables...lift the top to horizontal, swing out
the bracket - attached with hinges to the side - horizontally, let the top
down onto the bracket. The top has a couple of cleats that fit over the
swing leg to keep it in place.
Another way is to fasten a batten some where near the bottom of the cabinet,
another on the shelf near the end. Notch a piece of wood to engage the
battens, lift the shelf, stick in the notched piece. You could use more
than one notched piece if needed.
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