Extension Table out of 4/4 Oak

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Forum topic by gijoe985 posted 05-19-2018 04:33 PM 447 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-19-2018 04:33 PM

Hey there guys,

So, I teach high school wood shop (and auto and metals) and I’ve always wanted to make an extendable dining room table. I’ve got a growing family (4 kids this far), so I’d like to make it big, and able to go BIGGER.

That said, I’ve been looking at designs online. Right now I have access to lots of 4/4 red oak. That’s a bit thin, but I’m trying to find ways to make it work. I’ve considered cutting them into 1.5” strips and then gluing them to make thicker boards. I’ve seen table top designs with diagonal strips. Anyway, I’m just looking for some suggestions from guys who have more experience in this. I’ve made out bed, kitchen cabinets, etc. I’ve done lots, just never a table.

I’m curious if I can make it strong enough to be supported by 4 legs, or if I make it extendable to seat 12 if I’ll need to go larger? My thought was table for 8 with two leaves. 3 leaves would be cool. Maybe I can make detachable center legs so if we go full extension 2 more legs could be added?

I’m open for ideas. Link to pictures too. I have no set plans yet. Tables with nesting leaves are obviously cool, but also more work. I’ll probably opt for the simplest design possible. Simple, strong, well built. Nothing fancy.


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#1 posted 05-19-2018 06:51 PM

have you thought of the table extender/equalizer system ??
WoodCraft sells the 50” model. two sets of those would extend
your table out to 100” (+/-). make all the drop-in leaves at one time
and store them in a closet until needed.
you would have to do the math to see how many your design would seat.

the center table would have two legs and when pulled apart, each end
of the table would also have two legs (6 legs total).
the extender would be on each side of the center table piece. (4 total).



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#2 posted 05-21-2018 04:52 PM

Any thoughts one the 4/4 thickness in general? I’m trying to come up with a plan to use what i’ve got.

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