Monday, March 24 2014
Hoe to fix a butterfly leaf table.
Four components allow a butterfly leaf table to close: the hinges, the sliders, the runners and the center bar with the brace that holds the table solidly in place after it has fully opened. These must all be working properly to allow the table to close up. If any one of them malfunctions, you will not be able to close the table. However, fixing this issue is a task that virtually anyone with do-it-yourself experience will be able to accomplish.
Crawl beneath the table, and tighten down any loose screws with a screwdriver, including the hinge screws and the slider mechanism mounting screws. If any of the screws have become loose, the hardware pieces can become misaligned, and the table will not close properly or won't close at all.
Lubricate all of the metal moving parts with a spray lubricant. Spray the entire hinge or hinges, the metal sliders and the attachment points for the center bar that allow it to swivel. Even if the table will not close after lubricating the parts, attempt to work the lube in by flexing the hinge and moving the sliders by pulling the table out and then pushing it back in. The sliders on a butterfly leaf table allow the table to be pulled apart when closing or opening the table. If the problem was lack of lubrication, as you work the lube into the fixtures, the table will suddenly begin to fold up and close.
Wax any wooden runners that the leaf slides on, by rubbing a paraffin-based wood wax block over them. The runners are small "shelves" beneath the table that the leaf slides along as it folds up and closes. When fully closed, it will rest on these runners until the table is pulled apart and the butterfly leaf is deployed. Only three or four strokes on each side is needed. After waxing, press on the center hinge to help the table fold.
Sand any places on the table where wood rubs on wood and makes closing difficult or impossible. Use 100-grit sandpaper for this so that you don't remove too much wood at a time. Sand only areas that cannot be seen. For example, if wood rubs between the hinges, it can be sanded and smoothed out. If the runners have rough spots on the top, sand them smooth before applying wax.
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