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Forum topic by ShaneNY22 posted 03-22-2018 01:36 PM 328 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ShaneNY22

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03-22-2018 01:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table expandable

Thanks for looking! I am looking for plans for an expanding table, when expanded will seat 12. I’m looking for a design with butterfly leaf. I am newer to woodworking, so haven’t figured best place or where to get plans. Thanks again.


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#1 posted 03-22-2018 01:44 PM

this is perfect for the new-er craftsman to learn on !!

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but seriously, Pinterest has tons of great ideas for the beginner tables.
the hardware for most designs is readily available online or find a design
that is within your skill set. and, add “extending tables” to your searches.

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#2 posted 03-22-2018 02:18 PM

John Thank You for taking your time to give me an anwser. I will check answer. I stumbled on this site last night. I have fallen in love with building furniture. I started on this road one day as my wife wanted to do craft night. We went looking for things at local hobby store and didn’t find what we wanted. So started doing some research bought a scroll saw and a band saw and sanding equipment. Here is my first actual real piece. Look forward to this group. Looks like a fantastic place to learn and get help.

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#3 posted 03-22-2018 02:23 PM

John just saw your link! That was one of my search results last night. I laughed when I saw it. I’ll have one made next week lol

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#4 posted 03-22-2018 02:31 PM

nice table !
when you find a table design you like and will fit your skill level,
come back for further assistance from the members here

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#5 posted 03-22-2018 02:33 PM

Hi John looking for it to seat 12 when expanded

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#6 posted 03-22-2018 02:35 PM

Just Google “butterfly leaf dining table plans”. There are several out there with decent images.

This one from FWW has a good explanation of the mechanism.

Guys Woodshop has a pretty good video on this.

Not the easiest thing to tackle for a novice. Do a complete mock up to get oriented on how the hinging works before you go for it on your project.

Use the best hardware you can find. I recommend Horton Brasses. Stay away from Rockler, etc. you don’t want any sloppy hinges.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#7 posted 03-22-2018 04:17 PM

I just completed a dining table that seats 12 people when fully extended (4 leaves). Unless you start with a very large table I think you will have a hard time building a butterfly leaf big enough to seat 12 comfortably. I also would not consider a butterfly leaf a novice project.

Have you considered a regular extension table? Might be more practical for such a large application. I used the Rockler 60” metal extension slide on my table, they are very sturdy and worked well for my table.

-- 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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