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Forum topic by SteveV posted 07-17-2007 03:43 AM 1158 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-17-2007 03:43 AM


A client through a curve at me today. First I designed a nice cherry Virginia Farm table for her. Then she wanted that changed to 18th Century Country table so OK went back to Sketchup and changed the design. Now … she wants it to seat 6 and not eight but wants to add a table extension.

Does anyone have any advice on these? Should I get a wood set or metal? What should they cost? I see some for $49 and some for $100. What brands are the most reliable? Does the table top grain need to run perpendicular to the extensions or can it run parallel?

Thanks for any help/advice.


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#1 posted 07-17-2007 03:53 AM

Steve: I know nothing of them but I’ve thought about building a table and I think I’d use a wooden one that has a gear in the middle that keeps the center always the center. Both ends move out the same distance.

They also have them in metal and wood.

But if I was making a wooden table I’d want a wooden slide.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 07-17-2007 04:31 AM

I just wonder how durable the wood ones are. My preference would be wood but this is for a young family who expect to use it a lot.

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#3 posted 07-17-2007 05:24 PM

The old pine table that is in front of my shed has a wooden one but with metal gears. It lasted in a friends house with lots of use for about 30 years before she wanted a change.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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