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Old 03-24-2013, 10:33 AM   #1
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I broke it! Fold out table in 2004 Classic.

3rd time out in our "new to us" 2004 classic, and I broke the fold out table that flips out in front of the sofa. I was trying to put it away, and it wouldn't seem to close, so I pushed on the folding leg underneath to try to close it. Instead, it pulled the two wooden pads that attach to the underneath of the table , to which the springs are attached, right off the table. It pulled out the nails, and separated the glue. So sad. This unit was almost pristine. Rarely used and well taken care of. My DH is perversely pleased because he broke something the first time out and now we are even. Anyway, has anyone else dealt with this before? My DH says he thinks it is an easy fix. I doubt it. And what did I do wrong when trying to put the table down?
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:00 AM   #2
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OH, that is frustrating. I just looked under our table, and I can't picture what broke. Can you post a picture? I should be fixable without too much trouble. Might have to re-build the *holes* with an epoxy filler to take the repair fasteners?
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:33 AM   #3
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Hi Ntex

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The flip-out table is a little delicate so I can see how something like that might happen. It is important to lift slightly on the table when pushing in the leg, so that the leg can swing freely without being held in place by the carpet.

I suppose one approach to repair would be to purchase a new table assembly from an Airstream dealer although I suspect that's a 1%er's solution to the problem. The glue, not the nails, has the strength in these cases -- the nails just hold the blocks in place during manufacturing until the glue cures. I would suggest scraping or sanding the remaining glue off both the table and the blocks and regluing it with Titebond, Titebond II, or a similar high-grade wood glue, using nails, clamps, or weights to hold the blocks in place until the glue cures.
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:15 PM   #4
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And what did I do wrong when trying to put the table down?
The only thing I could see would be to have let HIM put it down so that it broke on him instead of you and then he could get the BLAME!
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Love it eljay! Sage advice. Thanks for the technical help Jammer. It makes sense to me that the glue is important because the nails are little flimsy looking things and there is a good bit of tension on the leg. It sounds like he will need to remove the table from the wall to work on it. Is that hard to do?
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It sounds like he will need to remove the table from the wall to work on it. Is that hard to do?
Shouldn't be hard, if it's like ours. The table is secured to the cabinet with a continuous hinge. Just help him support it as he removes the many screws. It should drop right away.
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Shouldn't be hard, if it's like ours. The table is secured to the cabinet with a continuous hinge. Just help him support it as he removes the many screws. It should drop right away.
Sounds like a plan. Thanks so much.
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