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Forum topic by opalko posted 06-19-2011 03:29 AM 965 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-19-2011 03:29 AM

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I’d like to make a table very similar to this one. (complete gallery is here: )

Some call it a pub table, some call it a refectory table. There are 2 leaves that are self-storing under the top.

As you can see in the gallery, it’s a pretty nifty design. The size is 3’x3’ with an extra 1’ on each end when the leaves are extended.

The top is what I have a question about. It’s a frame & panel design. The 4 wide pieces are 8” with 1/2” along the long ends going into a dado in the 3 narrow 2 1/2” strips (on the interior) and the 2 short exterior edge pieces:

The interior strips about 1” thick and the wide 8” pieces are 1/2”. So the top is quite lightweight even though it looks heft sitting on the leaves.

My question! All of the interior pieces float – I can actually move them a tiny bit back & forth. So the only thing glued (apparently) is the 2 short edges tenoned into the long edges. What keeps the entire thing from just racking out of square?!

Final (side) question. My take on the design will basically double the length of the top to 6’ (so it will be a 3’ x 6’ top) The leaves will add another 2’ to it to make a 3’ x 8’ table. Do you see any problems with doubling the length to 6’?

Cheers all -

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#1 posted 06-19-2011 06:32 AM

I see no problem with making it longer and the only thing I see holding it square is just darn good joinery.

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#2 posted 06-19-2011 06:47 AM

I took a door apart once that was similar to this in that it had about 5 or 6 raised panels separated by stiles and rails. The whole thing seemed sturdy at first. Once we were able to free up one of the exterior pieces the rest of it all came apart easily. Just joined in there no glue no nails. Quite a task put I think it should be possible

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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