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Extension Table Slides - how to build

CIF's picture

I saw an extension table at an antique show a few weeks ago that intrigued me.  It was oval shaped, about 47" wide by 60" long with the two end leaves in the up position.  The end leaves were about 15" wide each.   When fully closed and the end leaves down, the table was only 30' long.  When the table was fully extended and the end leaves up, the table was 165' long!!!  Of course, the extension slides were wooden.  There was a leg attached to the center slide section to support the middle of the table.  I figure the slides must be about 28" long when fully closed, and 133" long when fully extended.

I want to build a similar table, and I would particularly like to build the slides myself.  But I have had no luck finding plans, or even articles about building wooden table slides.  Does anyone know where I can obtain plans for table slides, or can anyone point me in the right direction?  I assume I can just add slide sections to get the length I need, giving due consideration to an additional leg or two for support in the middle.

Thanks for any help.


LeeGrindinger's picture

(post #78455, reply #1 of 3)


Buy "Blackie and Son's, The Victorian Cabinet Maker's Assistant" from Dover Publishing. It details exactly what you need.


CIF's picture

(post #78455, reply #2 of 3)

Thanks.  I'll check it out.

CIF's picture

(post #78455, reply #3 of 3)

Re your reply to my inquiry about table slides, I just received a copy of "The Victorian Cabinet Makers Assistant.  It is exactly what I need as far as table slides go.  However, I don't think there is a single piece of furniture in the book that I would want to build.

Thank you very much for steering me to this book.