Extension Dining Table
A space-saving table that can gracefully handle Corn Flakes for three or stir-fry for four will be overmatched when it comes to turkey and dressing for six – or eight. But a table broad enough for the holiday feast might be too big for every day. How to get the best of both worlds?
The time-honored solution is to make a small table bigger with an extension leaf or leaves.
In the version featured in this download, the top opens in the middle to accept a leaf that makes the table longer. The download includes an annotated drawing of a sample table, plus a full article from furniture maker Jeff Miller describing how to choose, assemble and install the slides that make the table expand.
CLICK HERE for the free article download
A two-piece top, connected by smooth-running slides, will open easily to accommodate a center leaf.
Miller builds his own heavy duty extension slides by wrapping commerical drawer slides in a pair of hardwood channels.
Once opened, a typical extension table has room for one or two leaves that fit betwen the opened havles of the top. Each leaf typically adds room for two diners.