Need hardware configuration for easily removable drop leaf supports

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Forum topic by Lukecole89 posted 03-24-2017 03:38 PM 577 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2017 03:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hardware leaf extension dining table

I am building a table with two 24” extensions. I am trying to figure out the best hardware to use. These are extensions off each end of the table, not a center leaf. I need the extensions to be easily removable. They do not actually need to drop and remain attached by hinges, but that would be a bonus. It is made from 1.5” southern pine. The hardware would need to be low profile while not in use.

Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 03-31-2017 02:41 PM


Sorry for the delayed response.

If you want to keep the end leafs attached to the table so that when not needed the leafs hang from the main top, the drop leaf hinge would be hardware that could be used to attach the leafs. However some thought is needed to design a way to keep the leafs in position when the leafs extend the size of the top. A drop leaf table is built in this video from Rough Cut, Woodworking with Tommy Mac. At 19:40, the rule joint is explained and made.

An alternative design is the draw leaf table. It is a bit more complicated to build, but get the design and build right, then end leafs stow under the main table surface and pull out from the ends and drop into place. Again, a version of this table was built by Tommy MacDonald of Rough Cut, Woodworking with Tommy Mac.

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