Dining table, Amish stowleaf

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Project by jdh122 posted 03-06-2015 04:20 PM 4077 views 14 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My new dining table. It’s based on a recent article by Tommy MacDonald (and one featured on his show). I’d been planning to make a table with this type of extension system for a while but couldn’t seem to get my head around how it worked until I got my hands on the article (Fine Woodworking). It’s really slick, all works with no metal hardware, which you can see in the last two pictures with the top removed. The top just sits on the table, with two dowel-alignment pins (turned on my pole-lathe).
The design was for a more traditional farmhouse table with turned legs but I opted for 2-sided tapered legs and put a bit of a curve on the aprons.
Red oak, finished with Tried & True varnish. I hope the finish will stand up to real world use. If not I’ll probably add a coat of wiping poly eventually.
Thanks for looking.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#1 posted 03-06-2015 05:46 PM

Nice –
I love these tables, the style I always heard is that it is a “Draw-Leaf” table.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#2 posted 03-06-2015 06:10 PM

Sweet! Well Done.
I really like this design, the legs and curved aprons make it look light and unobtrusive.
I’m favoriting it, and will pay you the ultimate compliment and recreate it some day!

-- "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." Red Green

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#3 posted 03-06-2015 07:59 PM

Super Table…nicely done.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#4 posted 03-06-2015 08:07 PM

lovely table.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 03-06-2015 08:19 PM


Such a simple elegance. The Amish really have something. You’ve captured it beautifully.

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#6 posted 03-06-2015 08:25 PM

I’ve seen different designs, but yours wins for simplicity. Nice job!

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#7 posted 03-07-2015 12:11 AM

A beautiful table and nicely made…great job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#8 posted 03-07-2015 12:16 AM

Jeremy, you did a great job with your table. In fact, I like it better than the one I did. :) Congratulations on a fine piece.

-- Art

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#9 posted 03-07-2015 12:50 AM

I’ve been going back and forth on this design vs. a drop leaf. You did a great job with this…hopefully the tried and true will hold up…it sure looks nice.

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#10 posted 03-07-2015 01:23 AM

Looks good, I have an antique one in my kitchen.

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#11 posted 03-07-2015 03:38 AM

I love it! I definitely want to build this. Man, the project list just keeps getting longer!


-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#12 posted 03-07-2015 03:10 PM

looks great

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#13 posted 03-07-2015 11:00 PM

Thanks a lot for all of the compliments. Now I have an Ikea dining table to give away…

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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