Cherry Drop Leaf Table

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Project by David posted 03-26-2008 01:02 AM 1848 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My shop help likes to take their “break” here. I have 2 sibling helpers: Max and Molly. This is Max in his favorite spot. The table has supports that rotate out under the leaf. I wanted to make it authentic and not use that spring loaded metal hardware that so many tables have. I take comfort in doing many things the “old” way but also have learned a lot by looking at old stuff and seeing where weak spots are. Just because it’s old doesn’t mean it was built well or right. There are many projects fighting the stress and strain of cross grain assembly or week connections. By the looks of the basket collection, you can tell I have an obsession with wood. The candle lamp in the middle is actually a gord that we bought at a specialty store.

Take a look at the house trim too. I made the door and window trim from 1 X 3 pine from the Depot. Had to pick over a lot of material on numerous trips and 3 different stores. The baseboard is 1 X 6. Moulded the edges with a horizontal router table I made up for the occasion. I’ll post some trim photos too.

OH! ~ Max weighs 17-4 so he’s a guard cat too!

Table: my own design (no plans) but influenced by many I’ve seen

5’ long X 18” (leaves down) each leaf is 10 1/2” 30” high
Square tapered legs: no drawer in the end(s) some have them
rule joint on the leaf joint
Aprons attached to legs with mortice and tennon
Finish: tung oil only (some wax) ~ no stain.


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#1 posted 03-26-2008 01:03 AM

I always liked drop leaf tables. This is no exception!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 03-26-2008 01:05 AM

i like drop leaf table to. this is a great one. i like the cherry too. it is a beautiful wood. keep up the great work!

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#3 posted 03-26-2008 01:06 AM

Gary ~ You comment on my stuff faster than I can hit the “post project button” LOL Man you gotta get out in the shop. just kidding But thanks



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#4 posted 03-26-2008 01:43 AM

Nice table – great wood, aging nicely…how long ago was this one built?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#5 posted 03-26-2008 02:28 AM

Really nice table.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 03-26-2008 03:07 AM

Very nicely done. You did a beautiful job on this table. Thank you for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 03-26-2008 04:06 AM

I like it. I need to make a drop leaf kitchen table for our small place. Have been looking around at different plans but up untill now I have not seen one that would work. Did you use a plan. What is the size.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#8 posted 03-26-2008 04:51 AM

That is a nice table. Looks like the cat likes it too. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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Scott Bryan

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#9 posted 03-26-2008 04:55 AM

This is a beautiful table. Cherry is my favorite wood and you did it proud.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 04-16-2012 09:06 PM

Very nice, thanks for providing the dimensions as well as the finish.

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