Drop leaf game table

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Project by Reddial posted 03-23-2012 01:29 AM 5615 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was one of the first ‘real’ peices of furniture I made (about 2 years ago). I designed it myself. It is all natural colors, no stains. The final top finish is 4 coats of brush on poly wet sanded between each coat to a final 400 grit.

The checker/chess board top is purple heart and wenge. The rest is african black limba.

One of the many challenges was the ‘rule’ joint for the drop leafs. As you may know, this type of joint requires a special hinge. I used Brusso. They were a little tricky to install. Although you can buy a rule joint router bit set, I used my existing 1/2” roundover and cove bits that worked fine with careful router adjustments.

I used a ‘spinner’ brace to hold the drop leaf in its upright position. When not in use, it spins in to become part of the apron.

The lower shelves are kind of suspended on dowells to allow wood movement without splaying the legs.

The black limba is pretty hard and a bit difficult to work with, but well worth the effort for the final uniques look.

-- Darrel..."The biggest threat to 'good' is 'better'.

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#1 posted 03-23-2012 01:47 AM

There’s nothing about this that I don’t like. I love how the drop leaf sections have those eye catching mitered corners. Purpleheart and wenge is a brilliant choice for the centerpiece.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 03-23-2012 01:51 AM

Beautiful job and excellent craftsmanship!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 03-23-2012 09:01 AM

Great job, I love the wood. You kinda have a Green and Green look with the plugs. Great work on this. One to be proud of.

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

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#4 posted 03-23-2012 01:44 PM

Yep, ditto above; this is beautiful! Wood choice and style perfectly matched. Perhaps a very small hint of G&G, certainly not over-the-top as some can be. Well done.

-- Dave

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#5 posted 03-23-2012 03:53 PM

Very nice work—Joinery looks great, and the turn down leaf gives it an aged look

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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#6 posted 03-23-2012 10:24 PM

I was writing a comment to this post this morning when I looked down at the clock and realized that once again a post on LJ had made me late for work.
Very nice table and a job well done on the rule joint.
thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Mel,

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#7 posted 03-23-2012 10:58 PM

That is very cool, you picked good wood for it too

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 03-24-2012 12:12 AM

You have done a great job on this table. There are many nice details, I especially like the square plugs.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 04-27-2012 02:28 AM

i really love this piece, you did a great job with design and the center board is great, good choice of woods here, i hope you or whoever has this will really appreciate it for the hard work you did, fantastic project..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 04-27-2012 04:26 AM

Thanks all for the very nice comments.

-- Darrel..."The biggest threat to 'good' is 'better'.

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