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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Design: Dinette Table Support

Made some progress on the dinette table support bracket design. This needs to be something that will support a potentially heavy table top that will be sturdy, yet easily deployed:

  • up to gain access to the electronics cabinet 
  • down to convert the dinette to a sleeping space
It is probably hard to tell by the 2D drawing below, but I will try and describe it. 

There will be a flat plate that will span the width of the table and out about 12 inches. The table itself will be bolted to this plate. The plate will be supported by three cantilevered brackets that ride on rollers against extruded aluminum columns. The center bracket over-extends outward towards the edge of the hull, the centerline, and downward to provide maximum leveraged support for the table.


Construction materials will be flat plate and flat bar aluminum of 1/4 and 3/8 thickness, some aluminum angle stock and extrusions.

If it turns out sturdy enough I have an idea for motorizing the up/down movement. 

I will be cutting my teeth on welding aluminum here. This may turn out to be a complete disaster (very likely).
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