This project was a commission, from my sister in law Tessa. I had previously made her a small coffee table and she now wanted a much larger extending dining room table, in oak, to match. I was able to select a waney edged 17 foot length of pippy oak , which was cut from the centre so was figured like quarter sawn, add to that there was almost zero waste, so I was very pleased. After cutting the top to rough size lengths they were left in my lounge for 3 months to stabilize.
The construction is a standard mortice and tenon jointed one piece frame The legs are laminated to 4 inch square. The length is 6 foot closed and extends a further 18 inches. I liked the look of extension slides which I found very hard to source in the UK and were actually an import from Denmark. The finish had to be almost clear and as I had previously had good results with General Finishes wipe on varnish (which is now no longer available in the UK) I used their water based high performance top coat. I applied 5 coats with a 4 inch foam brush which I found easier to do than I expected. It dries very quickly so enables all the coats to go on in a couple of days. I was very impressed all round and will definitely use again.
I found it hard working with such heavy pieces which, because of recent very wet weather, I had to keep moving in and out of my garage. Next time I would plan it for a summer build. There was also the logistics of delivery which meant I had to part build, finish, and re-assemble once delivered The final request was to be ready for Christmas Day Dinner. Needless to say it went to the wire and was completed on Christmas Eve evening. As you can see it made a splendid centre piece the next day. We were all very pleased with the result.