Many years ago, MLW came upon a mahogany Biedermeier secretaire at a
local antique shop. The owner had taken it on trade from a young couple
who preferred an old oak pub table dining suite ( Go figure). It has had
pride of place in our front room ever since. The secretaire has a
fold-down front/writing flap about 3 ft wide by 2ft deep front to back.
The flap is hinged on its side edges, presumably having pins going in to
the cabinet stiles. The bottom ( or back ) edge of the fall swings
under the cabinet fittings above which constitute the 'stop'. It is a
very elegant solution to this sort of problem. I'm not sure this will
work with your design, but you might consider it.
On 2021-06-15 4:26 p.m., Paul Fuss wrote:
> I am about to start building a box with a drop down front panel (i.e.
> hinged at the bottom), to reveal shallow drawers that pull out. Trying to
> decide what type of hinges to use for this and am hoping to find something
> that will support the panel when open (90 deg. to box front, parallel to
> table top) without need for an additional support mechanism, as this would
> get in the way of the drawers.
> Butler tray hinges would be great except I don't really want the "step"
> that these require between the bottom of the box and the front panel when
> Quadrant hinges seem to be used primarily to keep top lids from opening
> beyond 90 deg. in the vertical position (and not actually supporting any
> weight), so I'm not sure they would be suitable for what I'm looking for:
> FWIW the sides (~10 x 12") and front panel (~10 x 18") will all be
> frame-and-panel construction, with the frames about 5/8" thick.
> Any suggestions?
> Many thanks,
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