Stow Leaf Pub Table

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Project by YBNORMAL posted 03-09-2012 08:52 PM 4872 views 6 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 03-09-2012 09:10 PM

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

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 03-09-2012 10:15 PM

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 03-09-2012 10:49 PM

NICE job, the top is gorgeous

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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David Grimes

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#4 posted 03-10-2012 01:44 AM

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 03-10-2012 06:28 AM

Looks cool to me.

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 03-10-2012 01:19 PM

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

-- -Michael

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#7 posted 03-10-2012 02:25 PM

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 03-10-2012 02:51 PM

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 03-26-2012 08:30 PM

This is just fantastic, truly beautiful work.

-- Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

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#10 posted 04-04-2014 01:03 PM

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 04-04-2014 01:44 PM

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 04-04-2014 01:51 PM

You did a fine job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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