Leaf size on a draw leaf table

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03-31-2018 10:15 AM

I have been asked to replace an existing table top on a draw leaf table. Customer wants walnut,so I am currently sourcing material.They would like to increase current table top size as well as leaf width. They are asking to go from existing 12”leaf to 18” width.
Here are my questions at this point:
-With an 18” wide leaf does my table dimension have to allow for 18” slide length? So would the actual table dimension would have to be 72”?
-about the width of the leaf—Is there a limit on how much the wood slides will support with elbows and people leaning on the table leaves?
- I also found some new construction slides from Lee Valley (link below),that have a 13” leaf width.Has anyone used these,and could I apply these in this situation?,43614,43621&ap=1

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#1 posted 03-31-2018 12:27 PM

My experience on these is limited to refinishing a bunch of them in the 80’s, when they were more popular. Never liked the design.

Seems to me that if they want the leaf 6” wider, obviously you have to have a place to put it under when put away. That would dictate to me how much you have to increase the tabletop. If there is one on each end, you must increase table length at least 12”.

And yes, in my experience working with a lot of antique dealers who handled these, some of the bigger leafs, they get tippy out on the edge. Just too much wood hanging out on two sliders. Since the sliders are basically stamped steel, think in terms of a set of elbows on the edge of the table weighing maybe 20 lbs. Two people, 40 lbs. And families tend to put the kids out there for family dinners, so more likely to have elbows up on the table. That’s a lot of weight on the edge of a leaf held by a stamped steel slider. I think it will tend to tip down. How much, I don’t know.

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