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    Gas Tension Springs

    I'm looking for a source for gas tension springs (the reverse of the gas struts used on cars) for the fold down doors on the sideboard and wine server designs I'm working on. Does anyone have any sources for that sort of thing? Thanks.

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    Hi Dave

    Great drawing. Still envy you on the Sketchup. I will get to that someday.

    Meanwhile what about this as a solution. I know they are not gas operated but will hold the door weight.
    http://www.leevalley.com/hardware/pa...67&cat=3,41241
    cheers

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    Thanks Rob. You'll get there, I'm sure.

    It's not the hinges I'm worried about--I'll probably end up with leaf hinges instead of knife hinges. Or maybe continuous hinges. I'm for interested in supporting the doors so they don't go beyond 90 and so that they don't fall down uncontrollably.
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    you might check www.outwatercatalogs.com dave. They have a lot of hardware
    Jason Beam
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    I've got a drop down door like that on the top portion of a computer hutch but it's made to hinge all the way down out of the way. Just for holding it closed, this type of catch works really well
    http://www.leevalley.com/hardware/pa...=3,41399,41405
    I'm wondering about some fine brass chain or wire through brass eyes and weighted at the ends for stopping the travel. I have a hunch anything gas operated you can find isn't going to look good on a piece of fine furniture.
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    Dave, kudos again on your design.

    In my humble opinion gas struts would add too much hardware to your clean design. Have you given thought to the offerings from Rockler?

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    While you are on the Rockler site, they do also carry gas struts:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Richards View Post
    Thanks Rob. You'll get there, I'm sure.

    It's not the hinges I'm worried about--I'll probably end up with leaf hinges instead of knife hinges. Or maybe continuous hinges. I'm for interested in supporting the doors so they don't go beyond 90 and so that they don't fall down uncontrollably.
    Sorry Dave I took one look and selected the link. Wrong thing. This is what I meant. I also see they have them at Rockler.

    I agree with the post that said the gas struts would interfere with your design. A nice bit of shining brass is what I would use.

    See this link for the valley.

    http://www.leevalley.com/hardware/pa...,43740&p=43745

    There is a selection there to look at .

    Cheers
    cheers

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