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Project by jeepersparky posted 2144 days ago 15515 views 14 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to make a table that would extend out without having to store the leaves in a closet. Doing some research I had found this style of table where the leaves are built in the table itself. I like it because there are no metal slides at all , its all wood. The table is 36 inches wide and 72 inces long. It extends out to be 132 inches long with both leaves pulled out. the leaves are attached to 2 oak slides that ride on the apron. they are inclined so that they rise up 3/4 of an inch. the top table top floats on 6 dowels which are attached to the center section, this allows the upper table top to float up as the leaves pull out. when the leaves pull out all the way the top table top falls down on the slides so that the leaves and the top are at the same height. This project was enjoyable and a challenge to make.





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lew

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#1 posted 2144 days ago

Beautiful! The flair of the legs gives the piece an Asian look. I’ll bet it is heavy!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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tenontim

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#2 posted 2144 days ago

This is great. I have a customer that’s interested in a Arts & Crafts style dutch pull out. This one is very close to the design element that I need to use. You did a very nice job on this. Thanks for the post.

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Douglas Krueger

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#3 posted 2143 days ago

Love the practicallity of the Dutch pullout with built-in leaf storage. Had a very similar table at one time done up in cherry. Wish I had never sold it. Nice work with lots of ‘curb appeal’.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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oldskoolmodder

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#4 posted 2143 days ago

WOW! Very nice project.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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fireftr

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#5 posted 2142 days ago

Great job! I’ve been trying to find out how to build one for a while. How do you keep the top from scratching the leaves as they are pulled out?

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jeepersparky

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#6 posted 2142 days ago

I lined the edge and the middle with self adhesive felt strips bought at your local self improvement store. I placed these under the top table top which does a great job.

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Brian Gschiwnd

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#7 posted 1842 days ago

is there any chance that I could buy a copy of the plans for this table from you? I love the table and I just received some antique dark walnut I would like to make the table with.

-- Brian G

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 1842 days ago

super job Jeeper

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Brian Gschiwnd

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#9 posted 1842 days ago

I am wondering, with this project it is recommended to use veneer ply wood for the table top for stability. I have some black walnut that is about 50 years old from my grandfather. Would that be stable enough to make a table like this? If not, what would be a nice complimentary wood to use as the table top with the black walnut to trim it out and make the frame?

-- Brian G

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jeepersparky

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#10 posted 1839 days ago

I used rift sawn solid red oak, initially i did have a cupping issue with the table top , but after a year it seemed to settle down. The leaves are made out of oak plywood and stability is not an issue. I really like my solid top and would take a chance on the 50 yr. old black walnut.

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Brian Gschiwnd

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#11 posted 1839 days ago

thanks for the info. I think that I will go ahead with the solid wood. Is there a plan that you worked off of, or did you kind of customize as you went along?

-- Brian G

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jeepersparky

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#12 posted 1836 days ago

i customized as i went. I built a smaller scale mock up of the extensions with cheaper wood to make sure it was going to work as i expected before i built it. I also would suggest bread board ends to help keep the top table top from cupping. I didn’t do this. If you send me your email to 1jeeper@gmail.com I will send you detailed pics with dimensions.

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jeepersparky

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#13 posted 1787 days ago

I have added a couple of pictures and am posting a link to the google sketchup drawing of this project. I left out the table top in the sketchup.
http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=61af3acaf992e2b08e38c23a67b49e1

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ksmanning

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#14 posted 1173 days ago

I have made scale and dimensioned drawings (PDFs) of this beautiful table. I have not finalized the glides yet and will add those when (and if!) I do.

Go to www2.sunyacc.edu/~manningk/table/dutch_pullout.zip

Ken

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jeepersparky

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#15 posted 1163 days ago

Thanks, and have fun building!

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