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Adjustable Drafting Table Hardware

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Build a drawing or drafting table that sets up to your choice of 14 different positions. Adjustable hardware has a gravity feed release.

(2) Adjustable Drafting Table Hardware with screws
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Brand Rockler
Weight 1.5500
Tech Spec
  • Material: Rugged heavy duty steel
  • Finish: Zinc
Hardware Type Supports
4.2 / 5.0
31 Reviews
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Good quality hinges for making a drafting table
I needed a custom sized drafting table for my space so I researched different types of hardware. Originally I was going to make a fold down table attached to the wall but the hinges don’t lock in that position so I had to rethink things and came up with this solution. I didn’t exactly follow the instructions as far as mounting distance and angle but it all worked out in the end!
I used the adjustable drafting table hardware and a piano hinge from Rockler.
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January 8, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
It's a good way to add tilt to a table
These work well, but next time I would use linear actuators. These were used with a standing table frame so that both the height of the table and the tilt are adjustable. But it turns out you don't need too much tilt for a jigsaw table, so I could have used 6" linear actuators instead. It's a little "clunky" to have to raise the tabletop all of the way in order to lower it, so motors would be better. But for the price, this hardware works great.
table with jigsaw
adjustable latch
March 7, 2019
11 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
This product worked GREAT for my wall mounted easel.
August 30, 2018
1 year ago
So far, so good
These hinges do exactly what they are supposed to do. Very easy to install. We have not used the table very much yet. Hopefully, they will hold up well.
February 16, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Worked beautifully! Easy to install. Very precise directions.
December 11, 2017
over 2 years ago
Does the job
Easy to install - works perfectly
July 29, 2017
over 2 years ago
It works great.
January 17, 2017
over 3 years ago
Good product.
April 10, 2016
over 5 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Works really nice. Well built
March 4, 2016
over 3 years ago
Drafting Table Hinge
I purchased 4 of these hinges to place on a double Drafting table top two 4 feet by 30 inches tops they exceeded my expectations for the adjust ability of the tops.
September 10, 2015
over 4 years ago
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Why did you choose this?
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Building a drafting table
Karl T on Oct 7, 2019
It appears to be well made and offers multiple adjustment positions.
David Cerqua C on Jul 4, 2019
Building a drafting table
Karl T on Oct 7, 2019
Easier than building my own drafting table solution.
Royce G on Aug 8, 2019
It appears to be well made and offers multiple adjustment positions.
David Cerqua C on Jul 4, 2019
Building a Drafting table/desk for my daughter and needed adjustable lifts for the top.
raymond padgett O on Apr 3, 2019
I'm building 3 drafting table for my sons.
Jennifer C on Mar 18, 2019
I am making me a table top jigsaw puzzle table and storage.
Michael B on Jan 29, 2019
I am building a custom drafting / art table
Raymond F on Dec 31, 2018
Building a chart table and need the table to tilt up.
Rich H on Nov 29, 2018
Building Drafting board
Robin C on Sep 19, 2018
Turning Tables in a lab useful
Raul S on Jun 19, 2018
Discovered it on your webpage. I'm designing a desk with a drafting table built in.
Ralph D on Nov 18, 2017
Need this for a project
Russell H on Nov 15, 2017
Making my daughter a drafting/light table for custom decal/paint work.
Craig S on Oct 9, 2017
Multiple settings building Drafting Table
Martin W on May 23, 2017
It fits our needs
Grant M on Mar 8, 2017
Raymond A on Nov 21, 2016
I bought these to build a custom design book cradle for photographing rare and fragile books, documents and manuscripts
tan48 on Jun 13, 2016
To use for a drafting table I am building for my self.
Richard W on Apr 14, 2016
Needed for project
Michael M on Mar 12, 2016
needed for my drawing table
Nick T on Jan 28, 2016
daughters drafting table
jeremy c on Jan 21, 2016
Daughter in college for interior design degree. Needs a drafting table. Dad is building her one to meet her needs.
TIMOTHY B on Jan 14, 2016
I plan on building my own drafting table and these seem to get good reviews.
Danny H on Aug 17, 2015
I'm also an artist and made an elaborate drawing table and these table hardware worked out just great
edwin on Aug 13, 2015
because the customer wanted an adjustable drafting table
ron h on Jul 27, 2015
I'm making a table for myself. The reviews were helpful.
Ken M on Jul 24, 2015
could not find this type of hinge in any Canadian stores
richard t on Jun 3, 2015
Making a drafting/drawing table.
David M on May 19, 2015
It's a problem solver and hard to find!
Bill F on May 19, 2015
Design what YOU want , Build what YOU want, Keep it made in AMERICA.
Steven G on May 18, 2015
Not yet used for intended applaication
Dan W on May 17, 2015
KEVIN P on Apr 17, 2015
Easier than building my own drafting table solution.
Royce G on Aug 8, 2019
Building a Drafting table/desk for my daughter and needed adjustable lifts for the top.
raymond padgett O on Apr 3, 2019
is there possibilities to keep drafting board in horizontal position?
vadim k on Jun 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this allows the board to be lowered to a horizontal position.
how high does it go?
Dan B on May 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: As high or as low as you want. I installed it as per the recommended mounting locations in the instructions, where the above answers are correct. But if I positioned it further from the hinge, it would be stronger, but not go as high. If I positioned it close to the hinge, it would go much higher. It can easily hit 90 degrees. If you were to put a small spacer on it, and mount it a bit lower (so it doesn't bump the bed/table/lounge chair when opening), it could go past 90 degrees, albeit with a lower load rating.

You do need a little bit more room in the hinge than how far this goes. You put it down by lifting all the way and then lowering.
I am considering using this hardware to make a rotating table top for my planned model railroad (thus enabling me to install wiring and electrical devices beneath the table without having to crawl under it). What is the maximum angle that these devices "open" to?
Robert G on Dec 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The main support arms are at 90 degrees when fully opened. However, how close you are to the hinge of what you're opening dictates how much you can lift the board you mount it to. I've mounted it as close to the hinge as possible and am able to raise the top 70 degrees.
I installed the hardware following the instructions exactly as stated unfortunately I cannot get the top to close completely flat. The lowest I can get the top is 25 degrees. So, the range of motion for the top is 25 to 50 degrees, not 0 to 50 as advertised. How do I get the top to lay flat?
John D on Jun 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Did you follow the 1" minimum clearance as in the instructions? If not, it will catch. Is the alignment correct between top and bottom? If not, the metal may catch on the plastic. If so, it won't close all the way. The top metal piece should come down around the plastic.
how does the catch release? Can it be released from the front or pivot side?
A shopper on Jul 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You have to pull it open until the plastic that surrounds the catch is past the tooth nearest the hinge. You can also manually hold the plastic in place if you don't want to open it that far, but you have to physically hold the plastic in place to do that.
can 30155 lift hold a 60" X 30" and 60" X 36" top?
A shopper on Apr 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes it can hold the weight of top -like 3/4" ply
The Problem is to set table top down flat you need to reach the brackets and release
Which cause you to keep them to the outside edges and cause center to be weak and bow at that size. I added small angel aluminum to back side plenty of room to do.

Just keep table top surface with lighter materials
can your 30155 lift hold a top 60" X 30 and 60" X 36?
A shopper on Apr 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Easily it can hold this size with a light-weight material. We used 3/4" Baltic Birch plywood on our surface. You may want to use a sturdy lighter weight material. My table is heavy to move. 58"x 42" No problems with the tilt and stays. We also included a pivot base on our table's construction. It has a multi-functional use for how we wished to use the table.
KEVIN P on Apr 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it can. This is designed for lounge chairs as well. There is a static weight limit of around 220lbs. You do want to make sure the hinge is rated for it as well (they recommend a piano hinge). There is almost no support off-axis otherwise.

Main answer is incorrect. You unlatch by pulling all the way up. It's a rather clever mechanism. Have a look at it.
are they sturdy enough to work on a layout table lets say 40"x 36" ?
A shopper on Apr 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: MY table is 44" x 48". It is double 3/4 around the perimeter so very heavy. The brackets can handle but you should use a full length piano hinge
We are building a drafting table on a mobile office wall to hang down when not in use what set of hinge should we use?
George U on Jun 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I don’t believe rockler has the hinges you need. I’d hate to steer you away from them but Amazon has heavy duty collapsible self brackets. Not knowing the specs of your table I can’t recommend an exact one. Good luck!
How does the leaf attach to the hinge? There's two holes on the sides of the leaf but, none on the hinge.
William N on Jan 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: When I installed mine there where holes to connect to my table and my base. I screwed down into the top of my base, and up into the bottom of my table. I utilized a piano hinge on the front edge of the table to complete the installation.
Could these be used to build a standing desk? When fully extended, can the desk top be level horizontally or would it be slanted?
Norman B on Apr 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It'll work. .... Just need to allow for a cavity or gap for hardware to swing and retract
Does this bracket hold a table 40in wide by 30 in in height?
Carlos R on Jan 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I would use a pair of them for a table that size. I used a pair on a table 28 in by 30 in high and it works well.
Is the ratcheting mechanism dependent on on gravity (ie. would it still work if it was installed 90deg or 180deg from the way it is depicted)?
Simon on Jun 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes it is gravity dependent. It might work in a 90 degree orientation, but not 180
How much weight can a pair of these hinges support?
gregory on Jan 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: 75 lbs. per pair.
Will these hinges hold a board approx 35 lbs
26x59 dimension 7/8 thick pine wood?
Peter D on Jan 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The top I used for these was only 30"X42" but worked great
How much weight will these hinges support? I have a solid pine top, 54'' x 27'.
WILLIAM H on May 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I used 3/4 birch plywood for the top made a 8 ft X 4ft top split so two 48". By 48" with 4 hinges table hinges still work well after a year. Yours should work but I would use 3 hinges.
Has anyone ever used this in a marine environment and if so, how does it hold up rust wise?
Alex D on Apr 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have not used this in a marine environment. My guess is that it would rust.
Could this support be mounted vertically? I'm looking to have a shelf the is hinged at the top, lays flat vertically (against a wall) when not deployed and opens from the bottom and locks in a variety of positions.
Chris on Jul 14, 2018
Can the mechanism be reversed to achieve 90deg tilt by attaching the fixing brackets closer to the hinge?
Paul H on Jun 11, 2018
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