Cherry draw-leaf dining table
This draw-leaf table was inspired by a design I saw on the web by Tage Frid. I modified the design to 30x46 inches, (30x83 inches expanded) and used solid cherry. This was the first project I made with a glued-up hand-planed top. The apron to leg joints are pegged mortise and tenon. The legs are tapered on two sides. Cutting the tapers with my short depth table saw blade was a challenge. I made a jig that cut half the depth using the left miter slot, then the leg and jig could be flipped over and used on the right miter slot to cut the remaining depth. The taper was cleaned up with a hand plane. Another challenge was designing the sliding rails for the two expandable leaves. They had to slide out smoothly and gradually raise the leaves flush with the top from their stored position under the top. To get the exact dimensions I made a full size working model out of MDF for one sliding rail. The finish is several coats of poly buffed to a low luster with steel wool. The cherry has developed a rich warm color over the last two months.