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Old 02-26-2020, 05:53 PM   #1
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Table slide replacement

I have this winter been working on my 19' dinette table. I replaced the 2 steel columns set-up with a used Springfield pedestal, acquired via this forum. My factory table top was replaced by a maple veneered, 1/2" ply top, rescued from my old '96 Casita.



I need the quick and easy ability to convert the dinette into a sleep platform, thus the Springfield pedestal. The factory slide set-up for the table is OK, but just barely. I don't like a wobbly table.


Thus this mod. I used 4 12 inch drawer slides, side mount, Hickory Hardware, part # P1050/12-C to replace the factory plastic slides. The new slides are ball bearing, stiff and should provide a steadier elbow perch. Dicor set-up is swell, but unavailable and I don't need 2 axis movement.


I think this set-up will work, but only time, multiple trips and in-depth elbow use will tell.
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Old 02-26-2020, 10:29 PM   #2
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I'd also built a stiffer table slider "sled", beneath the factory top. This one is of a stiffer MDO plywood with ash rail stiffeners, as shown in the photos. Got to be more robust than the stock set-up.
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Thank you for sharing your table modification. I liked it. May I ask why you used 12"slides instead of 24" x 2 pieces.

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Quick answer to your query is I did not require the "travel" of a longer slide. Your notion may work too. I looked at the travel I needed, and the 12"ers worked. With the 4 slides, the table is more rigidly held as they are offset to each other, offering more points and a wider footprint of attachment than the factory plastic slides..
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I finally got my rig out from under its winter cover and started doing some projects. Here's an image of the installed table, with Springfield pedestal and the ball bearing drawer slides. Extensive testing to occur in a week or so, but it's an improvement over the factory set up.
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Nice job Tom , very professional !!
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Hi Tom,
Gonna work out doing some 12 ounce curls and test the table as collateral information gathering?
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Robust table

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I needed a stronger, more robust table for our arm wrestling matches.
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I had too much flex or sag with the BB slides when extended, do you see the same? I ended up going back to the originals. I'm interested in how you make out with 4 as opposed to the 2 I tried.
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To improve the factory slides, I installed a small block of wood between the two tracks to take up the slop. It is screwed into the lower piece of plywood. Took some trial and error to get just right thickness. I seem to remember rubbing some candle wax into the wood to make it slide easier. No cost and works well.
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Looks great! Nice idea for the metal plate to take the hold down screw. ETI put a piece of formica on our table which I replaced with an aluminum strip.
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I needed a stronger, more robust table for our arm wrestling matches.
You’ll need more than a good table. But you do have a very nice and unique table. Can’t wait to see it.
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I had too much flex or sag with the BB slides when extended, do you see the same? I ended up going back to the originals. I'm interested in how you make out with 4 as opposed to the 2 I tried.
Tom,
I have the same question of above quote. Did you use 2 sets of slides? Each set has 2 pieces, top and bottom, since you only need 12" slide. I am confused with the 4 pieces of slides. Thanks

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I did use 2 sets, 4 total. 8 pieces total when the slides are disassembled for attachment as each individual slide is made up of 2 pieces.


Some careful measuring is involved to keep the slides parallel to each other and uniformly spaced. I used a 1/2" thick scrap to aid in parallel placement.


Again, the 12" slides provide adequate and just about the same side to side travel that the factory plastic ones do. It's an improvement, but not rock solid as anything made to move will, to some degree.


A pair of slides are offset by 1/2" to each other and attached to be parallel to each other.
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Thank you for sharing your table modification. I liked it. May I ask why you used 12"slides instead of 24" x 2 pieces.

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i was pondering your question. 24" long slides would hang over the "sled" and be unsupported. Factory version is only 12" wide. That's the main reason they would not work well.
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