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    Hi im going to build a table just like this http://www.crateandbarrel.com/family.aspx?c=883&f=14071 but out of beech. My issue is I need a leaf system that will expand to a minimum of 110 inches. The table will be 70 closed and then with two leafs in the middle that are 20 inch each for a total of 110 inches. Lee Valley has one that opens up to 96. I was hoping someone here could direct me to someplace else or a diagram on how to build or some really good pics.

    Thank you

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    Re: Center leaf system

    Have you looked at what Rockler has to offer?
    "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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      Re: Center leaf system

      This may be a tough thing to find, and even harder to design. The total width of the leaves is greater than either of the two leg pieces (each would only be 35" if the split is in the center, and then you still have to subtract the overhang and the skirt). That means the ends of the slides will be under the leaf when fully extended, depending solely on the other slide for support, and will be supporting the majority of the table top. You may have to move the split to about 16" from one end so the leaf slide/support can have a good anchor and can recess fully under the longer side. The slides will have to be pretty beefy to support that wide a span without sag. If made from wood, you will need something strong like ash or white oak. Cherry, soft maple, and traditional secondary woods like gum and poplar will not be strong enough.

      Good luck. Interested in seeing what you come up with.

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      Last edited by Gofor; 01-10-2008, 07:37 PM.
      Practicing at practical wood working

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        Re: Center leaf system

        Originally posted by Gofor View Post
        This may be a tough thing to find, and even harder to design. The total width of the leaves is greater than either of the two leg pieces (each would only be 35" if the split is in the center, and then you still have to subtract the overhang and the skirt). That means the ends of the slides will be under the leaf when fully extended, depending solely on the other slide for support, and will be supporting the majority of the table top. You may have to move the split to about 16" from one end so the leaf slide/support can have a good anchor and can recess fully under the longer side. The slides will have to be pretty beefy to support that wide a span without sag. If made from wood, you will need something strong like ash or white oak. Cherry, soft maple, and traditional secondary woods like gum and poplar will not be strong enough.

        Good luck. Interested in seeing what you come up with.

        Go
        Thanks Rockler has one that supports two 18 inch leaves on pg. 77 . It doesnt say type of wood. I am a bit worried about sag but if they sell it, it must work, plus the table will only be opened rarely.

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