I had the same difficulty understanding the logic of having only one side of the table drop down. It made moving into and around the port settee to access underseat lockers, hatch, cupboards and fan inconvenient. After reading your post, I decided to take the table out and have a local furniture maker make the cut and do the finishing. The four long table securing bugle screws came out without difficulty and the table fitted through the cabin entry with some strategic moving about. The whole project including the 8 sets of stainless hinges and even mahogany drop leaf supports cost about $300. I consider it good value. Attached are a few photos.