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Matt C

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10-19-2016 08:07 PM

Looking to make a DIY dinning table and curious what are some of the methods that you all have used to make an expandable table (leafs) short of finding furniture manufacturer’s crazy expensive mechanisms. I have seen various version that extend the table but it only extends it by 4 inches on each end. maybe it’s me, but that doesn’t seem worth it? you’re not really gaining space for another person on the sides without straddling a leg.

Looking forward to your ideas.

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#1 posted 10-20-2016 01:31 AM

Matt C,

A draw leaf table is a pretty cool way to get an expandable dining table. It does not require the hardware found on typical expanding dining table. However it will really stretch your woodworking skills and probably would require that you add a table saw to your shop.

Tommy MacDonald built one on Rough Cut

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Matt C

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#2 posted 10-20-2016 02:07 AM

Thanks JBrow for the example. I really like the simplicity of that and it looks good too. Also-thank you for exposing me to this site.

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#3 posted 10-22-2016 08:14 AM

You might like to look to this
and this

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#4 posted 10-22-2016 09:38 PM

Hi, Matt, I made this one which is like the second link from Sylvain. Let me know if you decide to go this way and have questions. HTH

-- Art

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#5 posted 10-26-2016 01:56 PM

Thank you Sylvain and AandCstyle for the additional examples/documentation on this. I think I will plan on this. Really like how simple it is and that you don’t need expensive hardware.

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#6 posted 10-27-2016 02:28 AM

I’m in the process of building a large table using extension sliders. Specifically, equalizer slides so it can open in the center without having to lift up an end or anything.

The table will be 80” long, (two 40” halves), and then two 15” leaves. So 110” overall. While I haven’t finished yet, (so can’t tell you for sure it’s all worked out), The slides I’m using came from and cost about $80. Now if that’s ‘crazy expensive’ by your estimates, I have seen online instructions for how to make your own. Of course, at that point, it’s all about what you want for design. You can quite easily do what others have suggested as those are beautiful options. For whatever reason(s), I just liked this design better. Though it is one of my most complex builds – as a novice at best – so taking a lot of time.

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#7 posted 10-28-2016 05:38 AM

...finding furniture manufacturer s crazy expensive mechanisms…. – Matt C

Extension mechanisms are not hard to find—-and I don’t find them “crazy expensive”—but there are, of course, DIY alternatives

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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