Supporting Drop Leaves
Six ways to keep them solid and level
Synopsis: Christian H. Becksvoort relies on six different support systems to keep table leaves solidly in place. His favorite is a smooth-acting, pull-out slide that can be sized appropriately for end tables or dining tables, but he explains the others, too. Drop leaves require a special joint and hinge, and he talks about why slides are less likely to sag. Drawings illustrate the six methods: spinners, swing arms, swing legs, gate legs, standard hinges, drop-leaf hinges, and swing and crane supports.
A sagging leaf on a drop-leaf table can be a chronic nuisance, to say nothing of the Christmas turkey that could end up in your lap. I’ve come to rely on six different support systems to keep leaves solidly in place. My favorite is a smooth-acting, pull-out slide that can be sized appropriately for end tables or dining tables. The pull-out slide’s simple appearance and operation complements the Shaker-style…