I am in the process of making a dining room table, a fairly simply one, and i cant seem to find any info on making a table with leaf. I tried to jot some notes down on paper but they just arent making much sence to me. I like to consider myself a decent woodworker, but not good enough to draw up my own plans for something like this. What i really need are some plans or design for the working parts of the table to open it up and insert the leaf.
I just did a search on excite.com for "dining table extension plans" and found several possibilities, depending on the style table you want to build. I'm interested in making my first table with leaves for my next project, but haven't really researched it much yet so take this with a grain of salt. I see that it's possible to purchase the sliding mechanism through several catalogs. It appears that the appropriate mechanism depends on a couple of things such as do you want the legs to move or not and how many leaves do you want? I hope somebody here has more info because I'm pretty sure that lots of things have to be accounted for, such as wood expansion, wear/lubrication, and keeping the dang table flat both with and without leaves.
I am bulding my second table which will open from closed 5' to open 12'
Split at center with 12" leaves.
I made 8 table slides from malple wood. T
The table is white oak.
Four turn legs are fixed at corners.
If interested contact me and I will sent you complete instructions.