Card Table Hinges - where to get in Melbourne

Submitted: Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 20:57
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Hi to all the DIY experts

I want to make a camp table for food preparation etc. have the sit down job for eating etc. I thought to use the old fashioned card table type hinges - have a fixed arm to one side of leg and then a "snap" arm to other - fairly stable. Problem is I cannot seem to find where to buy them.

Anyone have any suggestions.

Cheers

Gazza
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Reply By: Member - John - Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 21:01

Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 21:01
Bunnings?
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Reply By: BenSpoon - Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 21:04

Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 21:04
hate to say it, but from the looks it would be cheaper to buy the table and salvage the hinges- at $12 for the table from a king kong store.... thats what- $3 a hinge... I havent seen any light duty ones like on card tables in hardware stores before, but i have seen heavier duty ones (made for collapsible wall-mounted shelving) for $15 a pair- they only provide stability on one axis though, and wouldnt help much when it comes to the table twisting.
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Follow Up By: GazzaS (VIC) - Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 21:07

Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 21:07
Thanks

looked in Bunings yesterday - they only have really light ones - I want a 12-15mm ply top about 1000 x 900. The bunnings ones will be too light.

Also tried a specialist fittings company today. they have some nice HD ones but at $89 a pair blow the budget for the project.

Gazza
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Follow Up By: Member - Bernie. (Vic) - Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 23:37

Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 23:37
Hi Gazza, just looked at your rig pic ..... you sure you have room for an extra table that big. When you are next having a gourmet dinner can I come. LOL

Not sure why you need the extra table or the large size, but could you use a good quality thinner ply & a frame , even with the thick ply you would still need a frame.

When touring we (2) use a 900x600 table & a drop down table on the rear door, not quite like the dining table at home though.
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Follow Up By: GazzaS (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 07:47

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 07:47
Hi Bernie

yeh a bit of a disaster on the packing - first ever attempt and compounded by a trip spanning Christmas. Had to hide Santa on the roof rack (and bring him home again). Have reduced the quantity of stuff now and will continue to cull the uneccesary over time.

I intend to use a frame for the table and probably 12mm ply as you suggest. One reason I want the card table type hinges as they are lighter. Size of table is actually to accomodate a roof bag - Southern Cross recommend a sheet of ply or something underneath to protect the bag from the grill. So I thought I would make it dual purpose by adding frame and legs. The RB will be 1000x900 hence the table size. There are also 5 of us and the camping table is a bit squashed if used for preparing etc as well.

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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 21:45

Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 21:45
Trio Hinging.

Seies 109 Lefthand / Righthand.

We buy 200 @ time, and pay $1.89 & GST each.
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 22:01

Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 22:01
I made up a table and the legs fold in, modelled on army table legs. If you want I can take a couple pics, folded and standing, for your lookingness
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Follow Up By: GazzaS (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 07:49

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 07:49
Hi Bonz

pics would be great thanks. you can send them to me direct at gsonnberger@ozemail.com.au

Cheers

Gazza
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Reply By: Gajm (VIC) - Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 22:41

Monday, Feb 28, 2005 at 22:41
I know it wasn't what you asked, but what about using folding trestle table legs?....solid enough, and not that expensive.
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Reply By: Robert - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 08:00

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 08:00
You can but them at 'Hinge-Fit' 177-179 Grange rd, Faifield. Ph. 9499 2833
They have light duty, medium duty and heavy duty. Light duty are $3.20 a pair.

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Reply By: Member - Dexter - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 12:41

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 12:41
I made my own.
Rectangular marine ply top.
Two sets of legs of light galvanised steel tube bent into a square U shape.
Hinges are electrical conduit clamps the same size as the tubing. Two leg braces of thin round galvanised steel bar bent the same way as the legs. The braces are hinged with smaller conduit clamps just like the legs and the brace ends fit into little holes drilled halfway down each leg.
The whole thing folds down flat and is as tough as you want it to be.
They're actually easier to make than to describe.
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Reply By: 89GQ - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:17

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2005 at 23:17
Hi Gazza
Wilson and Bradley
94 Bell Street
Preston
Make sure you buy left and right pairs and ak for the heavier guage
Cheers
Rucio
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Reply By: GazzaS (VIC) - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 12:39

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 12:39
Hi to all the responders

thanks for the ideas I have heaps to go on with and play.

Cheers
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