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Old 05-10-2014, 03:27 PM   #1
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What the heck am I missing on this counter?

Hi, Totally perplexed - would love for this little shelf to be used but the hardware I have attached to it is not going to allow for that. What am I missing. Would someone please post a photo of theirs so I can see how it should look?

Looking very forward to hearing from someone, anyone, pleeeeease?

This is in a Trillium 1300, 1977'ish???

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Old 05-10-2014, 03:39 PM   #2
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My Trillium came with one of those, too, only in my case it didn't even have the metal leg-thingy I see in your picture. My plan for making it usable was to install a swing-away arm of some kind that would fold flat against the counterside when not in use. See pic below...

I've since removed the shelf entirely, though, since the way I'm now using the front bench area interfered with any use of it at all.
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You could try moving the wire holder that is attached to the underside back a bit closer to the hinge until it is level, to see if it will hold it up.
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Well, that's an idea too. I hope I can find what I'm supposed to have - and I think it's another square metal leg system like the one already there that attaches to the bottom and then into the slot . . . . a perfect square idea. No pun intended. Ha!

Thank you for you suggestion!!
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I tried moving it up until it was level - and that's a no go too. Sooooo strange. Just don't understand it - something has to be missing from it.

Thanks for your suggestion!!
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Carol, it won't reach - if I tried that it just folds up flat to hang against the side of the stove.
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Rockler.com as well as Lee Valley sell folding brackets that work - who knows you might even find one at Home depot.
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Our trailer had a counter extension like in the photo. Only difference being that ours was held up by a bit of plywood that angled back towards the side of the kitchen counter. When in the down position the plywood slipped along the end of the bunk for storage. We removed the whole thing - don't cook in the trailer, didn't need a counter extension!
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Would it have just set on whatever cushion should be there? Is it long enough for that?
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What about having the shelf fold down against the wall and have a folding arm on the side of the cabinet to support the shelf when it is up. This way the upper bunk is still useable.

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Hmmmm - wish I could just take a couple of photos of ours! Not possible though.

Your extension has what seems to be wire supports that are too short to hold the extension up level with the counter top - right? Ours has no wire parts but uses a piece of plywood that goes in that same area under the extension. It wedges against a strip of thin wood glued to the UNDERSIDE of the far end of the extension and then the other end wedges against the side of the kitchen cupboard. So basically it is just a bit of wood of the right length and width. I'm guessing it should be possible to work out a suitable size with a bit of cardboard before cutting the wood.
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Nope, even when the cushion is in its place the metal frame on the side board will not reach the couch. I think it's missing another metal frame that connects to the original metal frame then links on to the mounted wall brace. I am scouting for pictures on the net but so far no luck.

Thanks so much for everyone's help. I will continue to seek advice from all of you
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Old 05-11-2014, 06:29 AM   #13
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Oh, and I should mention as it was mentioned earlier about the bunk - we don't plan to use the bunk at all - I had the plywood removed from the cushion before reupholstering - not plans for it with the two of us.
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I think I'd just wedge it with a bit of wood -and forget about the wire bitties!
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