This Shaker drop-leaf design can be built for two or for 20.
Synopsis: Build a classic Shaker drop-leaf dining table with detailed project plans and step-by-step instruction from Christian Becksvoort. He details his method for cutting the rule joint where the table and leaves join, as well as how to install hinges for smooth operation. Also included are additional options for leaf-support systems, which can be used to support any variety of table extension.
The drop-leaf table is one of the most versatile designs that I build. I’ve made small, 30-in. square end tables, 10 footers for major dinner parties, tables with drawers, tables with one leaf, and tables with leaves that hang almost to the floor. The form can be used not just for dining tables but also for side, end, serving and couch tables.
Recently, I was commissioned to design and construct a drop-leaf table and a set of chairs to seat eight. The base should provide diners with adequate…