|Forum topic by Scottlj||posted 05-06-2016 02:19 PM||638 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
05-06-2016 02:19 PM
So after five years of promising to build a dining room table, wife says it better be this summer or we have to buy one. Having had some success with other projects, I’m semi-ready, but with some challenges.
Our goal is pretty big; The usual 31” high, then about 112” long, 44” wide, with 24” worth of extension. (So total would be 134” when open.) That’s enough to crowd 10 or 12 around if necessary for holidays. And plenty big otherwise. Probably use red oak as a I have a decent supplier for that. (Since I don’t have a jointer or planer, I have to depend on good boards from the supplier.)
Here’s a plan from the ever present ana-white site:
What I like about this is the legs and stretcher are just so easy. I thought about some kind of more square ‘trestles’ but this just seems trivial to do these legs and we’re ok with the style.
The problem is the top. I’ve thought about doing the fancy butterfly leaf in the center, like this:
...but I’m a bit intimidated by that. So I thought about just standard extending breadboards on the ends. So I’m not quite sure what to do here.
Equalizer Extension Slide Option Pros / Cons
- I don’t have to do the butterfly. I can just let it expand from middle and then take a leaf out from storage under the table. This way no fancy hardware, lining everything up, worrying about the 1/8” difference when I cut the leaf in half to put a hinge on it and then have to make sure edges are good, etc.
- I’m not clear on how to attach slides to table top and trestles yet. I think I’d like to use threaded inserts and bolts to make it easier to break down and get into house once I’m done messing up garage with sawdust.
- I still have to do breadboards on ends, but they’ll be more permanent. (Probably mortise / tenon style, pinned in center.)
Simple Extensions of the Breadboards and End Leaves
I know this was really long, but any thoughts from those who have done this before? I’ve searched around both on the web and here a lot. And it seems there’s a lot of options. But most of the choices folks have made seem for smaller tables. Thanks for any suggestions!