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Dining Room Table – Dual Trestle and Extension Slides

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Project by Scottlj posted 12-15-2016 03:26 AM 2796 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here it is! Finally!

My 40”x80” dining room table with equalizer extension slides that bring it to 110” when both leaves are installed. This was a challenging build for me. Probably my most complicated yet. I got a bunch of help from folks on here, so thanks for that.

I did put together a series of blog posts on my build. It’s not exactly the most complete blog with every detail, but it has a bunch of pictures along the way. I’ll have to go back and fill in more details over time.

So we finally have a dining room table! Thanks again to everyone on here who answered my novice questions!





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woodbutcherbynight

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#1 posted 12-15-2016 03:50 AM

That is some table, seats how many? With just my wife and I we are thinking 1/4 a table. LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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htl

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#2 posted 12-15-2016 05:43 AM

Man that turned out really nice, something to be proud of for many years to come.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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Ken90712

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#3 posted 12-15-2016 09:03 AM

Nice table, well done. Congrats! Many good times coming while sitting around it I’m sure.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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david38

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#4 posted 12-15-2016 03:01 PM

great work

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Scottlj

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#5 posted 12-15-2016 03:24 PM


That is some table, seats how many? With just my wife and I we are thinking 1/4 a table. LOL

- woodbutcherbynight

When it’s closed at 40”x80” it seats six comfortably with two on each side and one at each end. When the leaves are added, you get another 30” total, which easily adds another person on each side, for a total of eight. Now, that’s for “nice” dining. If it’s family all crammed in with the folding chairs, you can conceivably add another on each side and on the ends and cram 12 in. That’s not really comfortable, but do-able if a bunch of these are little kids. (Or, I do have enough room to add another leaf or make slightly larger leaves one day.)

Check this out…
Dining Table Design Basics from tablelegs.com

I used this to help with determining minimal sizes. And of course, had to take into account our room size.

As for chairs… well… I’d love to build them too. But wife says we’re just going to buy them as I took too long for the table! We’re either going with unfinished so we can match the stain or just much darker to have a complementary color in the room.

If it’s just you and your wife, this size is probably overkill! But just use the extension sliders on a single pedestal and you’ll have a really easy to expand table.

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SteveGaskins

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#6 posted 12-17-2016 12:54 AM

Exceptional table. Love everything about it.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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