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Convertible Coffee Table

To build the convertible coffee table, you'll need the "pop-up table mechanism," shown in the photo at right. The steel, spring-loaded frame is available from two sources: Rockler Woodworking (part no. 35460) and Van Dyke's (part no. 02002682). The phone numbers and web addresses for these sources are listed below.

KNOBS & PULLS. In addition to the table mechanism, you will also need quite a few knobs and pulls for the drawers (and false fronts) on the front and back of the base. I chose the "Marston Hardware" collection from Restoration Hardware. I used the 1"-dia. knobs (part no. 24030960) for the small drawers and the 31/4"-wide hood pulls (part no.24030958) for the large drawers.

Besides the knobs and pulls, the only other hardware that you'll need to get ahold of (other than woodscrews) is a roll of nylon glide tape, available from woodworking stores and the sources listed below.

NO-MORTISE HINGES & CHAIN. If you decide to build the coffee table without the table mechanism, you'll need a pair of no-mortise hinges and a short chain. These are probably available locally, but you can also order them from the sources below.


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