A Table for 2, 4, or 6
Gate-leg design expands from small to large in a jiffy
Synopsis: This oval table is so versatile. It can sit against the wall and serve as a sideboard or serving table. Pulled out from the wall, it seats two, four, or six depending on how it is configured. The base is standard construction: side aprons joined to the legs with mortise-and-tenons, and two stretchers at each end that create an opening for a drawer. The gate legs are part of a second apron on each side. The gate-leg apron has three parts, but at its heart are two pieces joined by a finger joint modified so that one half can swing open while the other half stays anchored to the table’s base.
With their fold-down leaves, gate-leg tables are wonderfully versatile, making them perfect for a small home or apartment. With the leaves down, the table can be pushed against the wall to be used as a buffet or…