Mission Dining Build #5 - Table Apron, and final assembly

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 12-07-2011 10:51 PM 1895 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The table assembly is now complete. Since the leaves store in the table, the aprons needed to be hinged. I used short piano (continuous) hinges from hardware The hinges are 4.5” long, and lock at 90 degrees, similar to jewlery box hinges. I used inset rare earth magnets to lock the hinged aprons in there in-use positions.
Felt lines the frame, which creates a nice little nest for the leaves. The table extends to accept two 12” leaves via 52” equilizer slides. This is nice beause it only requires one person to open / close the table.
There are a total of 10 walnut butterfly inlays on the top, and the apron is dovetailed.
I will post pictures of the finished table in a few days.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#1 posted 12-08-2011 05:14 AM

It looks great, I can guess you are very proud of the table.
Can I ask you where you got your table leaf locks? I am having a problem keeping my table closed without a crack.
Thank You

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#2 posted 12-08-2011 05:32 AM

The table locks are from Rockler. Make sure to specify table locks, and not sash locks. They look very similar, but only the table locks cinch the leaves together. Another option is the Align-n-lock which combines alignment tabs with a table lock. Those are also available at Rockler, as well as Woodcraft.
Best of luck!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 12-08-2011 07:31 AM


It looks great! I like your folding apron idea for the leaves. I’m going to steal it for my next table.


-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.

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