Gather your supplies
- 1200 x 600 x 19mm Tasmanian oak panel
- Brass piano hinge (2)
- 40mm socket castor wheels (4)
You’ll also need
- Old dresser
- Tape measure
- Combination square
- Circular saw
- 4mm timber strip
- 120-grit sandpaper
- Selection of drill bits
- Towel hooks
To make a folding leaf, measure, mark and cut a Tasmanian oak panel to 450mm depth and the same length as top of dresser with tape measure, pencil, combination square and circular saw.
With 4mm timber strip, bend a curve to line up ends with back corners of panel. Hold in place with nails, then trace the curve onto panel with pencil. Remove strip and nails, then cut along pencil line with jigsaw. Use one of the 2 offcuts for a folding bracket. Sand edges of leaf panel.
Flip dresser and drill into centre and insert sockets on all legs. Set castor inserts aside.
Trim piano hinge to length of dresser with snips, then line up on straight edge of leaf and mark screw holes. Predrill holes and attach piano hinge to leaf.
Line up hinge to edge of dresser top (at back of dresser), and repeat method to attach leaf. Attach bracket to centre of dresser back with piano hinge, so when extended, the leaf is flat. Prepare and paint your piece. To complete, attach towel hooks to side and insert castor inserts to sockets.