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post #1 of 8 Old 04-25-2012, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for certain hinges.

So I am building this pseudo gaming table top for d&d. It's just going to be two 4x8 pieces of plywood connected to make an 8x8 square. It'll have a 2x4 frame under it so it can slide over this existing table that just isn't quite big enough for my needs.

Anyway, I need to be able to fold it in half to for better storage so I was going to connect the two pieces with a series of hinges, but I need hinges that are completely FLAT when extended all the way and of the ones I keep see they would have a small hump in the middle.

Am I just looking at the wrong hinge type?
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Are you talking about a little bump in a butt hinge where the pin is? If so, just chamfer the mating edges of the plywood where the hinge is placed and it should lay flat. I'm assuming that you're attaching them on the underside of your board. There are hinges that lay flat that get used for things like sewing machine tables but I don't know if they'd be appropriate for two full sheets of plywood.
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They're kind of pricey but Soss hinges would work. You would need six of them for a 8' long top.
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You could use these, butler type hinges. Or these, which are adjustable, and can separate easily if you want to take the halves apart.




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Thanks for the replies, alot of those should do the trick.

I'll look at more basic ones. the hinges won't be under a lot of stress. here is a shoddy diagram .

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Instead of hinging the plywood you might pin it like a dining room table that opens for a leaf and just lift it off as two seperate pieces. Also from the drawing, if there is that much overhang I believe you will need some kind of frame to support the top whether the top hinges or not.
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Thanks steve, that was an idea I was tossing around as well.

The table this is going over is a 3ft wide by 5ft long table.

It should overhang on the width side by 2.5ft each side, and then 1.5ft on the length side.

I am going to have it supported somewhat inside the outside frame with in the underbelly of the plywood. Sorry, my drawing is a bit off lol.

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Sorry for not keeping updated. I did finish the table. I used four 2 inch hinges, and I had to bolt them on and drill into the top a bit to hide the top bolts with filler. You can clearly tell from the stained areas my imperfections but as far as functionality goes, its is perfect! Everyone has so much more room now, dice roll better, just awesome!

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