Stow Leaf Pub Table

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Project by YBNORMAL posted 902 days ago 2482 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was initiated as a demonstration project, I wanted to try several new things in the same project without expending the quartersawn white oak I wanted for the “REAL” project. So this one has flat sawn water-oak as the top and the bottom is painted cypress.

The pattern is an exact copy from an antique origninal that we have, I say exact because i even managed to copy the one flaw in the original to this table. (more on that later)

This is a Stow Leaf square top table, the leaves pull from under the main top. The main top rides on two oak runners that are trapped under a center support structure. The guys that make the antique origninal sure knew how to build great furniture. I will bet they didn’t even have a plan either.

One of the new skills for this project were the rope twist legs. I had envisioned a barley twist, but when i ordered the router bits, I didn’t know the difference and this was what i got. I still like it, just not what I had envisioned.
I still think the legs turned out great.

I decided to put an antique white base coat and a brown glaze on the bottom because of the legs being glue-ups. Still the finish turned out pretty good. ( can’t really tell in the pictures, looks good in person)

Oh yeah, the one flaw. My wife constantly chides me because I always point out the flaws in my projects to whoever is looking. She believes if they don’t see it I shouldn’t point it out. I think we both learn from the flaws and I can do better next time.

On the original,when the leaves are pushed under the table top rest at a slight angle which you can readily see in the third picture. When you copy a plan exactly, Guess what, mine has the same problem. I have already formulated a fix. The center brace that captures the runners is about 1.5 inches too wide. That causes the runners to rest against the brace when pushed in and causes the downward slope. I will be making another center brace for this table. and won’t make that mistake again.

So bring on the comments.!

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 902 days ago

Beautiful, but would like pictures underneath to see how it works. Copying the original is an art form all its own.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 902 days ago

I didn’t take any underneath pictures, But i will do one better,

This link has a downloadable PDF plan that will explain in detail the interworkings, way better than a I would.

This is a little different size and shape, but the leaf pullout works exactly the same.


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#3 posted 902 days ago

NICE job, the top is gorgeous

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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David Grimes

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#4 posted 902 days ago

Great job, Kevin !

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#5 posted 901 days ago

Looks cool to me.

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 901 days ago

I have an irrational fondness for stow-leaf tables and this is awesome.

-- -Michael

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#7 posted 901 days ago

Nice job, the top came out awesome.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#8 posted 901 days ago

What stands out best in this project is the use of opposing spirals. It’s great to see spiral legs that don’t all turn in the same direction! Great work!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#9 posted 885 days ago

This is just fantastic, truly beautiful work.

-- Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

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#10 posted 146 days ago

Is anyone a member of Canadian Woodworking that could email that .pdf?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#11 posted 146 days ago

Smitty, Send me a e-mail to and I will send it directly. I can’t see how to post it here.

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#12 posted 146 days ago

You did a fine job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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