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Old 09-19-2014, 04:11 PM   #1
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19' - Swing out counter extension

Seeing my wife put a tray on the bed to set kitchen things on got me to thinking that maybe I could add some sort of counter extension.

My first blush thought was something like the seat trays on airline bulkhead seats.

I kicked ideas around and decided that a one plane movement was better than two. That is, this extension swings up as opposed to pivoting and dropping down. I wanted the extension to be as steady as possible.

As with all my projects, if I had to do it over I'd make a few minor changes but my wife's happy with it and that's all that matters

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Old 09-19-2014, 04:13 PM   #2
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Old 09-19-2014, 04:23 PM   #3
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Hi: Ron in BC... Gives a whole new meaning to "Breakfast in bed". Love the Corelle... same pattern as ours. Very classy!!! Alf
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Old 09-19-2014, 04:42 PM   #4
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Really nice, Ron. How is it mounted?

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I like USEFUL mods. This is one.
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Good job! Very inventive!
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Old 09-19-2014, 06:09 PM   #7
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Nice looks useful and well made
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Old 09-19-2014, 06:32 PM   #8
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Really nice, Ron. How is it mounted?

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The bracket is screwed down to the plywood platform for the bed. It has a tension adjustment so any slack or wobble that might develop can be taken out.

Like projects like this. 100% made from resource materials on hand, or as my wife says "my junk".

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Old 09-19-2014, 08:46 PM   #9
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Hi Ron,
Very nicely done I really like the way the tray folds up for storage when it's not being used. So Ron couple of quick question what did you use to bend the four corners of metal trim piece that wraps around the wood tray and how did you join them together? Are they welded together?
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Thanks Mark,

Materials: vertical tube, 1" square aluminum tube; counter edge, 1/8" x 1" aluminum, wood top, 1/2" maple plywood

Yes, as well as being the "edge trim" it's also a structural element and it is welded to the vertical tube.

I could have gone down to a friends and set up his bender to bend the corners but it's only 1/8" aluminum so I put a piece of round stock in the vice and hand bent them.

I'm hoping that I can get a scrap of matching arborite from ETI as I'd like it to match the counter top.

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