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Farmhouse Table w/ sliding extensions

72" long by 43" wide 3 coats of stain and 3 coats of poly on the whole thing. A beast at nearly 400lbs!

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Comment by Jason Watkins on December 7, 2012 at 10:54pm

I know several of you have been wondering about the extensions on the Farmhouse Table I made.

My clients have four children, so they need seating for 6. Both sets of parents live within walking distance, so they needed room for guests. They loved the farmhouse plans, and would have been fine with the standard "company board" style extensions in the linked plans above. But I wanted to do something different.

I didn't like the idea of them having to store two 44x40ish extension boards. That takes up a lot of space, it's an awkward object to store, etc, and with four kids storage is a premium. I decided to modify the extensions, and if you decide to do it, it is very simple.

After some head scratching, and reviewing several people's versions of how to build a farmhouse table, I figured out what to do.

Instead of attaching the breadboard end boards to the tabletop, simply attach them to the 2x2 arms for the extensions! The two boards that would have formed each "company board" are simply placed between the breadboard and tabletop as needed. You can join each pair of boards so you only have to keep track of 2 leaves, or keep them separate so you have four smaller leaves. Your call, I won't be mad either way.

Put a stop block at the same spot on each arm on the inside of the apron so they cannot be pulled out of the table. Do this for each of the two breadboards.

You will need to decide how many leaves you want to be able to put in, which will determine the placement of the stop blocks on the arms. You also need to make sure there is sufficient arm length under the table top when they are fully extended, and that there is clearance between the two sets of arms when the breadboards are closed against the table top.

I screwed the tabletop to the apron as normal, but reamed the pocket screw shaft holes in the apron slightly larger than normal, to allow for any cross grain movement. With the tabletop fully secured, the arms are now locked into their notches in the end aprons.

Pull on one of the breadboards to extend it. The stop blocks prevent it from pulling out of the table altogether. Now place your leaves on the arms, and snug the breadboard up to the leave(s). You may have to hip check the thing into final position to get the leaves snug against the table top. Proper edge jointing will help eliminate large gaps!

Once you have the leaves in place, mark a spot on the bottom of each leaf next to the arm and put a stop block there. You will have two on each leaf. This will prevent them from sliding side to side.

To stop the leaves from tilting up if you press down on the side of them, make an L shaped piece of wood and nail or screw it onto the leaf next to each arm, so that when the leaves are in place you can rotate it so the long portion rotates underneath the arm. You want a fairly tight fit here, so that when downward pressure is applied at the end of the leaf, it does not lift of the arm.

An easier way to keep the leaves aligned might be to put dowels in, but we Kreg men (and women) do not use dowels! Also I did not have a dowel jig.

Hopefully this answers some of your questions. If I was not clear, or if I lost you somewhere along the way, please leave a comment and I'll try to help you get back on track. 

KregRep,

Thank you for featuring my project for the last few weeks, it really means alot to me! I used kreg joinery for everything except the leg cross-members. All with a KregJig jr. It would've been alot easier with a K4 (or Foreman lol) so if you have any connections with the big guy in red...lol.

Merry Christmas everyone

Comment by Colyn Luchterhand on November 15, 2012 at 11:11am

I've been wanting to build this farmhouse table, but I always thought I'd need a little larger table for family gatherings.  How did you make your slides and locks?  This would be the answer I need to go ahead with this table.  Nice job!

Comment by Jason Watkins on November 10, 2012 at 10:31pm
Thanks kreg rep!
Comment by KregRep on November 6, 2012 at 9:22am

Very nice work Jason! I've always been a fan of primitives--I grew up in a house full of them--so I love the distressed look. Great job, too, with incorporating the sliding extensions into the breadboard ends.

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