Drop Leaf Table #9: Nails and a Knob

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Blog entry by Tom posted 01-07-2020 07:31 PM 646 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Winterthur, Hinges and a Quick Drawer Part 9 of Drop Leaf Table series Part 10: Drawings and Dimensions »

A few items to finish up. The drawer needs glides to ride on and keep it centered. The original that I based this on had slips of wood that were nailed together in place. So I did the same thing. It was kind of a simple pleasure to use nails for furniture assembly. Screws seem to be the go to option these days. I used Tremont cut fine finish nails and nailed them with the grain to minimize splitting potential. I also used glue. Careful not to nail through the sides! I glued a couple blocks on the end for drawer stops.

I need a knob for the drawer. Many of these tables have brass pulls of some sort, but mine is a pretty basic version, so I decided to turn a simple mushroom shaped knob from a scrap of leg cut off. I am not an experienced turner, so I followed the process used by Roy Underhill in his Turning Shaker Knobs episode of the Woodwright’s Shop. Except that I turned a straight shaft instead of a taper so that I could mount it in a drill chuck for finishing the top of the knob.

I left a 1/2” round section on the bottom of the knob to sink into the drawer front and then screwed it on from the inside of the drawer. I think it looks quite nice.

The last little bit is to add the corner detail on the top. I chose to keep it simple again and put a 4” radius curve on each corner. I cut those out with a coping saw and used a rasp to smooth the curve. The top is attached with screws in pockets on the end and holes in the top drawer rail. The holes are oversized to allow some expansion and contraction of the top.

The build is done. Now I will give it a nice sanding, add some finish and post it as a completed project. Thanks for joining me on my adventure! All the best!

-- Tom

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#1 posted 01-10-2020 02:01 PM

Looks perfect.

Any leaf sagging?
I have seen on underside of leaves of such tables, a thin wedge glued where the swinging arm arrives when the leaves are extended. It provides also some form of locking.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn (and that is nice)

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#2 posted 01-10-2020 02:14 PM

Sylvain – Excellent question. I have very little sag on my leaves, but it is quite new. I was careful to plane the swing arms to have a slight sweep up on the ends. It makes turning the swing arms a little bit tighter, but you get a more level table leaf.

-- Tom

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