Maple Extension Table

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Project by firefighterontheside posted 05-22-2022 12:26 AM 588 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first extension table I’ve built. It is made from soft maple that I milled and dried. It has a lot of curl and tiger stripe figure. I had no idea of that before I started planing the wood. I made the slides from 36” heavy duty drawer slides and then attached them to poplar boards that are screwed to the table top. The table is 42” x 42” with one 12” drop in leaf. I finished with gunstock stain and then lacquer. I’m not a huge fan of using lacquer, but thought I’d try it with this table. The legs are 3” thick and made with a lock miter router bit. I didn’t have any 12/4 maple and this looks nicer than just gluing several pieces together I think.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#1 posted 05-22-2022 12:33 AM

Very beautiful. Especially like that you made your own slides.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 05-22-2022 12:48 AM

Very nice, that curl looks spectacular! I know it’s especially satisfying making a project with wood you’ve milled yourself. I’ve yet to tackle a project that size with but I have a couple hundred bdft. of 1x eastern red cedar that’s been drying for three years and I know there’s a chest buring within the pile somewhere.

-- “I never in my life thought I would have to say this, but the proper role of government is not to fund the distribution of crack pipes,” Lauren Boebert

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#3 posted 05-22-2022 08:16 AM

Looks like a typical “Bill Project.” Top of the line. Looks awesome from here.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 05-22-2022 10:45 AM

Beautiful table.!

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#5 posted 05-22-2022 12:30 PM

Good looking and well done. Like the slides.

-- Ron

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#6 posted 05-22-2022 02:01 PM

Gorgeous table. That top definitely has the WOW factor.

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#7 posted 05-22-2022 02:13 PM

Love that curl!

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 05-22-2022 03:09 PM

Thanks for sharing your great work.
I always check it out.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#9 posted 05-22-2022 03:16 PM

Thanks everyone. He just picked it up and was very happy.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#10 posted 05-22-2022 05:45 PM

Magnificant table….beautiful finish

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 05-22-2022 06:21 PM

Very nice. Really like the soft maple and how you finished it. Great idea with the slides. But I just gotta ask – why no apron on the extention section? Just wondering…

-- Tim in Tucson

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#12 posted 05-22-2022 09:16 PM

Beautiful and the slides are clever.
Well done!

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#13 posted 05-23-2022 01:39 AM

Thanks guys. I asked the customer if he wanted aprons on the leaf. He said it didn’t matter to him. It will be easier to store with no apron. I can’t really take much credit for the slides. I read about it in an article.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#14 posted 05-23-2022 10:58 AM

Beautiful table and so well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#15 posted 05-24-2022 12:07 PM

That’s some beautiful wood, put to very good use. Lovely finish as well.

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

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