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Forum topic by Josh posted 11-29-2012 06:27 AM 1255 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-29-2012 06:27 AM

Hey. I want to cut my table in half and was a wonderin what any of yous thought about it. I want to cut out a 12” section so as to make it not as long as it is. I will then use the 12” section and make it a leaf. Yay? Nay? Thoughts? Questions?


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#1 posted 11-29-2012 07:10 AM

your table = your money right :-)
if you feel for it then go for it
its not just the tabletop you have to take care of
but you also have to think thrugh how the undercarriage
have to be reorganised :-)


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#2 posted 11-29-2012 01:24 PM

Yep if this is a fixed top table, making the leaf work won’t be a “put it back in place” choice. There is a sliding mechanism that will have to be built/bought. Some designs (like a trestle table) don’t lend themselves well to such a change. Just think it through before you cut. You will also have to match the finish on the cut edges.

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#3 posted 11-29-2012 01:48 PM

If you want advise on how, you should post a picture of the project.

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#4 posted 11-29-2012 02:09 PM

There’s a lot to consider before you grab your saw and cut your table in half. Like Russell said; a few pictures may help us give you some tips on the best solution. (especially the underside of the table). It will depend on how the table top is attached to the legs. Is there a skirt around the edge? If so, how is that attached?
You will need to mount some sort of table extension mech. on the underside once the table is cut ( if the design of the table will even allow that). You will need to buy or make your leaf pins (used to align the leaf to the table)............and being able to get nice clean cuts for your table and leaf. Matching stain should be the easier part of the project since it “should be” just the edges of the table and leaf where you made the cuts. This does not have to match perfectly, since the only time it would be seen is when the table was opened to insert or remove the leaf. A little clear top coat for protection along the edges.
Sounds simple enough, but can be a real challenge to make it look and work the way it should.
Good luck and hope you will post a couple pictures.

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