Extending Dining Table

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Project by Tony posted 05-05-2008 08:28 PM 2416 views 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At long last I got to finally install the table I made in January to match the chairs.

The table will extend from 2.2m (86”) to 2.8m (110”) long, 1.2m (47”) wide and 0.75m (29 ½”) high. The table top is 38mm (1 ½”) thick

The table is made from European white Oak – All the timber is from the same tree (consecutive planks), which made colour matching (none) real easy.

The top is just sanded to P360, then two coats of Hard wax Oil, and Fiddes Mellow wax. There is no stain added, hence you can see the white stripes of the Sapwood.

The extension mechanism is a simple sliding dovetail construction 1.6m long (x2). Simple Male/Female metal locating pins.

The Legs and rails are made with Mortise and Tennon Joinery.

This project took about 85 hours to complete, which included the design work

More details on Dimensions and design can be seen on my web site

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#1 posted 05-05-2008 08:38 PM

Looks fantastic, Tony.

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

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#2 posted 05-05-2008 08:48 PM

Great job, Tony. This a fantastic table.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 05-05-2008 09:02 PM

That’s a nice clean design, and great execution!

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

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#4 posted 05-05-2008 09:20 PM

Great Job.

-- He said wood...

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#5 posted 05-05-2008 09:21 PM

Beautiful table, Tony. That is quite a banquet table when it’s extended. Don’t let the cook put one of those big European roasted hogs in the middle, though, might get a little “sway backed”.

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 05-05-2008 09:31 PM

Hi Tony,

This is a beautiful table. It is a simple gorgeous design.

Well done. I really love the look of the room that it is in as well. I am a firm believer that you can’t have too much wood in a home.

Thanks for the post.

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

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Bob #2

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#7 posted 05-05-2008 09:54 PM

Nice clean lines Tony and the most difficult to produce as the eye wnata to see every imperfection.
You did a heck of a nice job with this piece.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#8 posted 05-05-2008 11:03 PM

Beautiful work Tony! I really appreciate the nice cleans lines which, to me, really accentuate the top.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 05-05-2008 11:16 PM

Beautiful table and room. You did a great job on them. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 05-06-2008 01:04 AM

fantastic table. its is a very large table but i love how you made it have thinner legs and stretchers so it doesn’t have as much presence or really command over the are. great job!

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#11 posted 05-06-2008 02:25 AM

Big beautiful table…I love it.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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Doug S.

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#12 posted 05-06-2008 02:59 AM

I love the whole room. The table is just icing on the cake.

-- Use the fence Luke

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#13 posted 05-06-2008 03:00 AM

Very fine table!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#14 posted 05-06-2008 03:15 AM

Beautiful table Tony, just gorgeous. Job well done. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#15 posted 05-06-2008 05:47 AM

Beaut job Tony, nice clean lines & great finish.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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