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Marshall

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10-09-2014 03:14 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question arts and crafts table dining table plan plans model sketchup

Hello all,

I’m working on a design for an arts and crafts dining room table. Pieces of the design come from Stickley, FWW article “Stickley done lightly,” and from my parents’ actual dining room table. As I’ve never built a dining table before, any advice you all can give me regarding the model below would be much appreciated. Am I forgetting something, does something not make sense, etc?

I do have two specific questions: 1. What is the best way to attach the top to the base given my design? 2. Any suggestions on where to find the hardware to hold the leaf rails in place and the metal clips that secure the leaves together (see picture)?

Thanks!

P.S. Sorry for the small text in the dimensions… Not sure how to make it bigger.

P.P.S. It seems that my images got cut off below. You cant see the dimensions on the front view. If you right click and select open image in new tab, you can see the whole image and zoom in so you can see the dimensions better.

-- Marshall - http://mcomisar.tumblr.com


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AandCstyle

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#1 posted 10-10-2014 12:56 AM

Marshall, I would use these or these or you can make your own. Similar products are available from other vendors.

I would probably find some thin steel stock and bend it to the desired dimensions in a vice to make the metal clips. Finally, I would make the rails long enough so they would always be trapped in 2 of the clips. That way there won’t be any issues trying to slide the ends back into place once the leaves are removed.

I really like the design so please post pix when completed.

-- Art

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Marshall

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#2 posted 10-10-2014 01:05 AM

Very cool website – I wasnt even aware of it. That is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!

-- Marshall - http://mcomisar.tumblr.com

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#3 posted 10-10-2014 11:12 AM

Are you copying an existing and working design for the leafs? I am concerned that the leaf will droop since they seem held on by a single row of metal sleeves. Since you have no place for folks to put their feet between the legs on the end keep in mind how much room there is on the ends between the end of the table and where the legs start. I found that folks need 15” to be comfortable.

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#4 posted 10-10-2014 07:18 PM



Are you copying an existing and working design for the leafs? I am concerned that the leaf will droop since they seem held on by a single row of metal sleeves. Since you have no place for folks to put their feet between the legs on the end keep in mind how much room there is on the ends between the end of the table and where the legs start. I found that folks need 15” to be comfortable.

- Minorhero

Thanks for the advice. The leaf design is what I’m modeling after my parents’ table which has been working fine for many years. I think the key will be making the metal sleeves fit tight enough to keep the leaf from drooping. However, if you have a better suggestion, I’m open to it.

The legs are currently at 13” from the end of the table which also comes from the existing table. Its a trade off between leg room at the head and foot of the table and the ability to fit two chairs on each side. I dont have a large space, so I dont want to make the main part of the top any bigger.

-- Marshall - http://mcomisar.tumblr.com

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