dining table with company boards

  • Advertise with us

« back to Designing Woodworking Projects forum

Forum topic by jdh122 posted 12-01-2013 07:01 PM 2977 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View jdh122's profile


1008 posts in 2811 days

12-01-2013 07:01 PM

I’m looking for advice or plans for making a dining table with company boards. I can’t quite get my head around how they work (slides that disappear into the apron and under the table, and the extensions/table leaves have short battens too, it seems). I looked through finewoodworking magazine index and also popularwoodworking and couldn’t come up with anything.
Thanks for any advice.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

6 replies so far

View AandCstyle's profile


3050 posts in 2251 days

#1 posted 12-02-2013 12:26 AM

Jeremy, is this what you are seeking? If so, it was in FWW #7 IIRC by Tage Frid. If it is what you want to do, I will be happy to try to answer any questions you may have. HTH

-- Art

View jdh122's profile


1008 posts in 2811 days

#2 posted 12-03-2013 06:10 PM

That sure looks interesting – quite a it more complicated than what I had in mind (simply extensions that get added onto the ends of the table). But intriguing. When I get a minute I’ll take a look at the article you mention and I may get back to you with questions.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

View pintodeluxe's profile


5653 posts in 2807 days

#3 posted 12-03-2013 06:40 PM

I used equalizer extension slides. You pull one side, and both sides open equally. I used folding aprons on the leaves, so they would fit inside the table for storage.

Here is the project page with more information.

Good luck.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

View jdh122's profile


1008 posts in 2811 days

#4 posted 12-12-2013 02:12 PM

Thanks pintodeluxe. This looks interesting too, but also a bit more complicated than I had in mind. Beautiful table, though…

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

View CharlesNeil's profile


2399 posts in 3864 days

#5 posted 12-12-2013 03:50 PM

I have built numerous of them , I use a simple tongue set up on the company boards, and a notch in the end aprons, works well. I don’t have any plans per say but would imagine I could walk you throught it. Here is just a few of the tables I have made and unfortunately a company board one is not in there.. but they are not difficult .

The biggest issue is you cant get much past 16” on the company board unless you add a center leg .Built one that was 12’ as the primary tabl;e and 2 , 4 ft company boards with a slide on center leg. It looked like a bowling alley .. but was fun to do.

View Loren's profile


10373 posts in 3642 days

#6 posted 12-12-2013 04:38 PM

The extensions on this old table are mounted on sliding boards about 1.5” deep
and tapered as I hope you can see. The aprons are notched and guide
blocks attached to the underside of the center of the table keep them
running straight. They are stopped by a protruding dowel which bangs
up against the back of the apron. There is a gap about 1/4” wide if you
pull them out all the way, so you pull them out and the upper part
falls down with a bang, then you push the extensions in.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics