I’m starting a dining table project. My idea is to make a dining table 42” wide x 48” long, with extension slides to drop in leaves to make the table 72” or 84” long, depending upon how many people turn up for holiday meals. The smaller 42”x48” size fits our not-so-large dining area space and will seat 4 people nicely. I am making the table out of Claro Walnut, with fiddleback figured claro walnut for the table top.
This plan/design would call for extension slides to open the table to a maximum of 32” (plus a little extra for when the leaves are inserted to clear alignment pins). I am on the fence about either buying wooden table extension slides like the one from Rockler, or follow a suggestion in a Fine Woodworking artical that calls to make your own using heavy duty drawer slides attached to hardwood planks ( on line article for reference: http://images.taunton.com/downloads/FW1124_ExpandDiningTable.pdf )
I like the idea of making my own table extension slides like the ones mentioned in the article. I was wondering if anyone out here on Lumberjocks has had any experience with this type of shop made table extension slide using heavy duty drawer slides…. or should I just order the prefab traditional slides from Rockler and save the time? As I am still working through my design process, any suggestions or other ideas are welcome.