Hi! The other day i was really pleased. I'd finished the refectory table. But that final step didn't go as smooth as anticipated. I was at this stage i'd done all the carving, finished the main assembly and had the slide construction mounted. Making a test table before helped tremendously during construction and i'd avoided all the pitfalls i'd encountered back then.
All that was left was to cut two holes in the base and 2 recesses in the underside of the main table top. Those would hold the brackets that keep the top attached to the frame. Somehow i'd not calculated space was more tight with this table and the slide stops were positioned a bit different cos of that. It turned out I'd cut them in ánd on the wrong side of the middle section. When i was done and test fitted i found out they interfered with the slides... argh!
The only option was to make a new middle section and reposition the holes. Ooh well, learned my lesson :) But after that, the mechanism run smooth and it could receive its final finishes.
And here it is, next to its big brother. These pictures from an antique dealer in Great Britain were my sole reference when it came to the design. I'd already researched this type of extendable table. There i'd learned it's also called a 'Dutch pullout' table, but i haven't found a specific reason why it is referred to as Dutch. Thomas Sheraton described this mechanism as well in his Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book, calling it The Universal Table.
I really like this table for it's sturdiness when the leaves are retracted, and for how the leaves are stowed when they're not needed. You can even pull them out while the table is set, making it the perfect companion for anyone who has friends spontaneously dropping in :D
ps. The color in the last few pictures don't match its real color (due to the back ground?) It's far more darker, the upper ones taken in the workshop represent the proper tone, making it a match with the original.
Thanks for your attention, have a wonderful weekend!