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Forum topic by Lee Barker posted 04-17-2012 10:15 PM 2547 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lee Barker

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04-17-2012 10:15 PM

The assignment: a third leaf for a dining table.

I have not been successful finding the right size pins. The existing ones are as follows, near as I could get with electronic calipers:

pin diameter .208 inches, 5.32mm

leaf hole diameter: .373 inches, 9.48 mm

The metal finish doesn’t matter, but the sizes need to be right.

If you have a Folger’s can of them, I need four sets. And you’ll forever be my hero.

Kindly,

Lee

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#1 posted 04-17-2012 10:54 PM

If you want steel pins you could use drill rod. It comes in very exact sizes. .208 is very close to a #7 drill bit which is .2010, or a 13/64” drill bit which is .2031.

My dining table leaves are made of oak dowels, soaked in pariffin. Would that work for your’s? Would be pretty easy to turn some, or even sand down some 1/4” dowel stock.

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#2 posted 04-17-2012 10:56 PM

How tightly do the leaf pins need to fit? If the hole is .373”, a .25” pin should work fine. You should be able to get 1/4” stock in any hardware store.

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Lee Barker

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#3 posted 04-17-2012 11:38 PM

These are two-piece sets; male and female. I’ll post a pic tomorrow. Thanks for the attention to the question.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#4 posted 04-17-2012 11:55 PM

Sawkerf…373 is closer to 3/8(.375) .25 would be rather sloppy

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#5 posted 04-18-2012 03:04 PM

Here’s what a set looks like.

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#6 posted 04-19-2012 11:35 PM

Howie -
You’re right about 3/8”(.375) being closer to .373, but it’s bigger. Those aligninf pins in table leaves don’t need to be tight fitting. They’re mostly there to kep the leaf from sliding sideways. Once the leaves are in and the table is pushed back together, it ain’t going anywhere.

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#7 posted 04-20-2012 12:38 AM

Don’t you think within .002 ” is close enough? ... and wouldn’t be “sloppy”...”wobbly”...? LOL

If the pin was .25 (1/4”), I can see that being sloppy from day one of the Original, fitting into a .373 or .375 hole.

Were the pins really 1/4”?

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