Pivot Top Tables

Pivot Top Tables

The tables described thus far have the top fixed, but there are those with the tops pivoted so when they are turned about the pivot a quarter way round the leaves will be supported by the frame of the table, which in the revolved position of the top, lies beneath them. Two varieties of this style are illustrated on Plate V. The first is an old 'Style drop-leaf table pivoted at the middle of the top. By raising both leaves and turning the top on its pivot the ends of the frame are brought beneath the leaves to support them. The second table is in more common use. The top is of two parts, of the same size and shape, hinged together so one part folds over on the other. When folded the top is but half the size it is when open, and can be turned on the pivot to a position over one end of the frame with the hinged edge directly across the middle. The upper leaf may then be unfolded and will rest on the other end of the frame. Such tables are usnallv square, when open, and are spoken of as card tables.

Pivot Top Tables

The hinges used for joining the two parts of the top are not ordinary butts. They are of a special form, as will be seen from the diagram below, and are placed at each end of the leaves with the screws driven into the edges. This avoids the appearance of any objectionable metal work on the surface of the table top, as would be the case if ordinary butts were used with their entire flaps exposed to view. The card-table hinge has no projecting knuckle above the surface of the table, as its parts, instead of turning on a single pin, are joined by a link turning on a pin in each flap of the hinge. This link is flush with the edge of the table when the leaves are closed, and flush with the top when they are open. There are other forms of this hinge available.

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