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post #1 of 5 Old 11-28-2019, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Improving hinge for table leaf

I’m about to repair a table leaf for a friend.

It’s their kitchen table and they lean heavily on the leaf which is fairly wide, about a foot.

It’s made the hinges on the underside loose. I could simply replace those and make new screw holes, but I’m looking to improve the overall situation.

I thought about using a piano hinge, but because piano hinges aren’t very wide, I’m concerned about having the screws so close to the edge of the table and the leaf.

Oh, one more thing, the wood of the table is fairly soft and doesn’t hold screws all that well.

Any ideas to make this table leaf a little more robust?

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I have seen piano hinges all the way up to 3" wide.
it just takes a little research. (if you wanted to try it).
https://www.zoro.com/monroe-pmp-cont...SABEgJxL_D_BwE

half a dozen gate hinges would be my choice.
I am assuming they are not seen ???
how are the leaves supported when they are up and being used ???
(photos would help with more accurate feedback).

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when you say make the leaf more robust - you mean just to hold the screws ?
I would not attempt that - I would just use several of the gate (or strap) hinges
first and see how that works.

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when you say make the leaf more robust - you mean just to hold the screws ?

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By more robust, I meant to be able to hold up to being heavily leaned on. I guess I meant more screws and further back from the edge - away from the point of leverage. The strap hinges are a great idea. I like it!

By the way, the top is held up by a board you pull out. It might be a good idea to improve that too.

Do you have another ingenious idea for that one?
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LOL I am not ingenious by any means !!!

I just come from a family of BIG inlaws that damaged or destroyed
just about everything because of their - - - - well, I have fixed a lot of stuff.

good photos (when possible) of any issue always gets the best feedback.

is this table factory made or handcrafted for the space it is in ?
and if you think you need more screws, you can always drill more
(firmly clamped) on your drill press and make them match the existing.

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@Quickstep, I'm not picking on your friend in any way, but from the way you wrote your OP, it really kind of sounds like a case of furniture "abuse" to me. If they're just heavier people who lean on the leaf while sitting at the table, ok, that's normal. But if they're sitting on the leaf, or placing very heavy objects on it, then that probably needs to be addressed. You can fix it, but it'll just happen again if the activity doesn't stop. Some people are just rough on furniture, and no furniture can survive them.

As a possible solution to the softer wood, could you inlay a thick strip of hardwood into the soft wood and screw the hinges into that? A dovetail dado might make it even stronger.
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