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Painter Desk for the FIL Question

So the father in law has been hounding me for a painters desk for his paint projects... Well I have to keep Him happy so I figured I would give it a go...

Question is, he wants the top to lift up and can be set to different angles... Only problem is I am not sure how to accomplish that. Any tips, tricks, or advice? What is the name of the hardware I should look for???

Thanks in advance! BTW THE pic is wht it will be, just built out of eastern red cedar.
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Look for blanket chest hinges. Lee Valley would be a good place to start.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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My Dad built one, decades ago. The top was 2x6, skinned with 1/4"G1S Dougfir. Maybe 6' long.
We had to grab the far/back edge and pull up. That raised two pull-up woods with cutout slots.
A bit like old-fashioned lawn chairs (la-dee-dah modern in that day and time.)
Zero to sixty degrees.
As a very small note added in proof, Dad was a serious painter in both oils and acrylics. I might have been able to use that bench when he passed but my life was headed in a far different direction.
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One option is to use drafting table hardware for the tilting top.
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=790
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Similar to what Robinson said, you can use a slotted piece of wood, but you can also notch that piece of wood, similar in look to giant saw blade teeth, so that when you lift it, it will just stay up wherever you put it without need for locking screws. Just lift a bit then push the support braces backward to release it and let it down. Yeah, like a cheap plastic pool lounge chair.
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