Walnut extension (kitchen) table

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Project by Rick Sergi posted 11-30-2020 04:46 PM 555 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After 2 years of my wife’s patient waiting, I finally finished my first ever, “extension” table for our kitchen! (It wasn’t that the table itself took that long to make, it just needed to move up in priority!) The table is made of solid walnut with a single leaf that allows it to extend from 55” to 68.” I choose a 4-legged style to maximize how many unobstructed seats could be used – we can comfortably fit 8 with the extension in place.
Biscuits were used to align the top sections during glue-up. The four corner legs are slightly tapered with mortises at the top for tenons from the table skirts to connect.
For the slides, I used pre-made extensions. Brass pins and sleeves align the table sections and leaf and alignment locks keep everything snug.
To finish the project, I sprayed on a water-based, pre-catalyzed conversion varnish with an optional post-cat “crosslinker” to maximize the physical durability. (See: )
Just an FYI… the pics of the finished table were taken before the conversion varnish was completely cured so the sections weren’t closed up tightly. Thus, the gaps look wider than they actually are. When snugged up, the gaps are almost invisible.

-- Rick Sergi - Bethlehem, PA

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#1 posted 11-30-2020 05:51 PM

Beautiful table. My daughter wants me to make her one for her new house…by Christmas. I told her I will be lucky to finish my workbench by Christmas. She said okay, just focus on the custom Banquette seating then.

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#2 posted 11-30-2020 05:55 PM

Very nice. I would be proud if I had made it.

Just an observation … The profile on the table edges is the same as my dining table, which I bought in the mid-80’s. So, when I saw your table, it looks like the one I have.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#3 posted 12-01-2020 01:25 AM

Beautiful job on your table extension. I love the profile and the finish came out amazing.

-- AJ

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#4 posted 12-01-2020 03:09 AM

Nicely done.

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#5 posted 12-01-2020 10:52 AM

That is something to be proud of. Nice work

-- Petey

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#6 posted 12-01-2020 03:21 PM

beautiful table -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#7 posted 12-01-2020 04:29 PM

Looks very nice!


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#8 posted 12-07-2020 01:43 PM

Nicely done. I have something very like this on my very extensive todo list.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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