|Materials I Used|
- Two 3' by 8" pieces of wood (3' means 3-foot and 8" means 8-inch)
- two hinges with enough screws to fasten them to the wood
- two or three L brackets (a.k.a. 90 degree brackets)
- one wall anchor for each hole in the brackets that will need to connect to the wall.
- screws that fits into each wall anchor
- a drill bit that is the size called for by the wall anchor (on the wall anchor package, 3/16" in my case)
- one wood-screw for each hole in the brackets that will need to fasten to the wood
- A screwdriver
- A drill (optional but helpful)
- Tape measeure (just generally helpful)
|First I attached the boards together with the hinges|
I pushed the boards tightly together. I put the center of the hinges just to one side of the crack. I was meticulous about getting the hinges straight so that my counter would swing properly. To get the screws intothe wood, I first drilled a small hole with a tiny drill bit (1/16").
|Then I attached the counter to the wall|
I started by attaching the brackets to the wood (again it helped me to drill a tiny hole where I wanted the screws to go in to get them started). I lined the brackets up so that the perpendicular part would be at least even with the edge of the wood. I did this part on the floor.
When all the brackets were attached to the wood, I held the counter in place on the wall where I wanted it to go and marked where the holes should go on the wall by poking a pencil through the bracket-holes. Then I drilled holes using the drill bit that was sized for the wall anchor. I hammered the wall anchors in. Finally, I had someone hold the counter up while I screwed all the screws into the wall anchors through the brackets. As I screwed into the wall anchors they expanded making a snug fit in my drywall (you may not have drywall).
|The hinges attach the wood together, but you must attach the wood tightly together to get it to unfold flatly.|
|Placing the hinge to the side of the crack makes things work out better in my opinion.|
|Here's the counter folded out.|
|It's pretty stable for chopping, but the wall-side board is more stable than the other one.|