Which other methods could be used for this butterfly leaf table?

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Forum topic by derrick3636 posted 11-22-2015 12:40 AM 398 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-22-2015 12:40 AM

I’ve been searching around LJ and Google Images the past couple days looking at different dining tables. Replacing our current table is something my wife wants me to tackle in the near future. Right now we have a pretty standard center leaf table that has served us well for a number of years, and put up with the abuse that my two boys have done to it. The biggest complaint(other than the color, now that we’ve completely changed the look of our dining room and kitchen)is that “storing the leaf is annoying”. That led me to a search that turned up butterfly leaf tables. They appear to be everything she/we is/are looking for.

I’ve had this article saved for a while now:
The article did a great job simplifying a lot of things for me. The part that I’m concerned with is the drawer slides for the table top. Obviously for this application they work just fine, I’m just wondering if there is a different way to skin this cat?

Here is the exact style of table we have right now(minus the butterfly leaf feature):

My wife would absolutely love something like this!

I like that the aprons aren’t split, and would like to keep it that way. I’m not opposed to recessed drawer slides. I’m just curious as to how everyone else would tackle this project if it were their own. Having split aprons isn’t out of the question either, but I would look at other options first.

Right now I have a table saw, circular saw, Jigsaw, router(a router table in the near future), sliding miter, drill press, and various corless drills.

My joinery knowledge is lacking. I’m really trying to get away from having my Kreg jig being the go to method, so I’m open for learning new things, and buying new tools as long as I get good use out of them.

Any help would be awesome.

Thank you


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#1 posted 11-22-2015 01:57 AM

My wife also wants me to build a new dining room table and I too have been researching the butterfly leaf design. She wants 7’ extending to almost 10’. Interestingly enough, my rough preliminary sketch looks very similar to the one you posted.

I have found an old issue of Fine Woodworking, May/June 1992 that features a butterfly leaf table with shop made slides and pivots. It would be worth looking for a copy. I also have the “Encyclopedia of Furniture Making” by Ernest Joyce that discusses and shows drawings for butterfly leaf as well as other leaf/extension options. If you can’t find a copy, I might try to copy for you. I appreciate the link you have provided as I have not seen that one.

I have been considering using premade slides such as those sold by Osborne but not crazy about a slot in the end aprons for the slide to extend.

I have tried to attach a pic from the FW magazine article.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#2 posted 11-22-2015 02:21 AM

Oh wow!

Thank you for that picture! I was looking at the stuff from Osborne earlier, but I wasn’t sure how that would work without some sort of slots for the slides to operate in. Your pictures is a big help.

I’ll have to look for both of those references you listed. It sounds like they’d be super helpful to use whenever I get started on this project.

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