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How do you number table leaves?

by TungOil
posted 08-08-2017 06:32 PM


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BenDupre

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#1 posted 08-08-2017 07:40 PM

Make a V across all the leaves

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#2 posted 08-09-2017 01:03 AM

I assume this is to ensure they go in correct order each time the table is set up for use. I don’t know what sort of alignment you’re using, but if it’s, say, pins and matching holes, you could vary the spacing so that the leaves will only attach to one another in a particular order.

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#3 posted 08-09-2017 01:25 AM

If you are trying to have all the wood match when all the leaves are in, use 1,2,3,4 and four, with an arrow pointing to either 0 or five, and keep that in mind for the future. BUT, once the leaves are pulled out and stored, there goes your order you built into your table. Win Win , Lose Lose. Take your pick…........... Jerry (in Tucson)

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#4 posted 08-09-2017 02:11 AM



I assume this is to ensure they go in correct order each time the table is set up for use. I don t know what sort of alignment you re using, but if it s, say, pins and matching holes, you could vary the spacing so that the leaves will only attach to one another in a particular order.

- RichTaylor

Yes, I should have been more clear, this is to number them after the table is finished so the leaves will go in the correct order to keep the grain match.

Offsetting the pins would have been a good idea…...if I had asked this question before last weekend when I installed all the alignment pins.

I’m thinking there must be a slick way to number them. Maybe a small laser engraver…..

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#5 posted 08-09-2017 02:13 AM

Inset brass dowels into the edges.

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#6 posted 08-09-2017 02:16 AM



Inset brass dowels into the edges.

- jbay


jay- can you elaborate on that a little please?

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Loren

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#7 posted 08-09-2017 02:21 AM

You could stamp numbers on the edges. With
4 leaves you would have 5 joints, so each half
of joint no. 1 would be stamped with a “1”
or an “a”.

Harbor Freight sells stamp sets and they can
also be had from ebay.

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Rich

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#8 posted 08-09-2017 02:22 AM


Offsetting the pins would have been a good idea…...if I had asked this question before last weekend when I installed all the alignment pins.

- TungOil

You could still add one extra pin per leaf with each one progressively located.

Edit: Or you could take a Sharpie and number them underneath. That’s probably what I’d do, but I have no class.

Edit Edit: OK, here you go. Mark each intersection with the astrological sign of members of your family. Have the sign cross the joint, so it’ll be easy to see how they align.

That wouldn’t work for me though, because I’m a Libra, and Libra’s don’t believe in astrology.

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#9 posted 08-09-2017 02:24 AM

Can you place a dowel as an alignment pin, or some sort of metal pin that is in a different spot on each leaf so that it can only be inserted on that one side?

It’s along the same lines as having your dowels in a different spot for each one, but this is just one that would have to drill for each one.

And I should have read the other comments more closely. It’s what Jbay was also saying. You basically add one more dowel/brass pin to each leaf, in different areas.

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#10 posted 08-09-2017 02:37 AM

Drill holes in edges insert dowels, sand flush, finish.
1 dowel in table edge – 1 dowel in first leaf
2 dowels opposite side of first leaf – 2 dowels in second leaf
3 dowels opposite side so on and so on

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#11 posted 08-09-2017 02:42 AM



Drill holes in edges insert dowels, sand flush, finish.
1 dowel in table edge – 1 dowel in first leaf
2 dowels opposite side of first leaf – 2 dowels in second leaf
3 dowels opposite side so on and so on

- jbay

That’s a good idea.

I used bristles from a plastic hairbrush once
to make marker inlays for the edge of a guitar
fingerboard.

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TungOil

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#12 posted 08-09-2017 03:27 AM



Drill holes in edges insert dowels, sand flush, finish.
1 dowel in table edge – 1 dowel in first leaf
2 dowels opposite side of first leaf – 2 dowels in second leaf
3 dowels opposite side so on and so on

- jbay


ahhhhh, good idea. This would work well since I need to build a box to hold all these leaves and they will likely be edge up in storage. this would make it easy to see which one is next. but you guys are supposed to be talking me into one of those little laser engraver thingies….

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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