Ok whom has built a coffee table with a lifting top?
Ok I have some of the pieces cut for a coffee table I wish to build.
Top will be 48' x48" ( yeah big) widths will be 40" leg to leg..so 4" overhang ( so no pinched fingers ..I hope).
So I was originally thinking a hinged top in the middle with a slow close mechanism( so actually a 4" or so piece in the middle with the two adjacent 22" top pieces hinged to it).
The new idea is two sets of lifts with the two 24" x48' table top pieces ( so each opposing side will have one half of the top on a lift).
Sides are 7" high for some hidden storage.
So it's hinged vs lift....what say you ?
If you want "hidden" storage, put the hinges on each end and have each half of the table top fold out from the center. Everyone expects to see a seam in the center of a table. 99% won't even notice that, since it's pretty much a standard feature.
But that board down the center of the table is going to be a conversation starter. Then you'll want to tell everyone what a clever person you are and ... so much for "hidden".
However ... a four foot by four foot table that is belly high to most people is NOT a coffee table. Even dinner tables aren't usually that large. That's a HUGE table.
I built one with a hinged top however it wasn't for hidden storage, it had a glass top. The problem came when my wife had a baby. I had used plain double strength glass for the top and my son when he was little learn to walk holding on the table to walk around it. First thing you know he crawled up on the table so the table left the house that day. I gave it to my mother and she used it until she died and now I have the table back but it went into storage.
There are some lid supports you can adjust the tension on it where you have to push the lid down.
Where are you going to put a 48 foot long table?
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