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  3. The slide idea looks good Anything wrong with putting the metal brackets on both the underside of the table top and the leaf, sometype of pin in bar to keep it from pulling out too far. That way the bar could be stored under the table (maybe a small notch on the top rail for the bar to slide thru.Any reason why you’d run the leafs grain at right angle to top? Last question without breadboard ends on the 599 is there any problems with keeping the top flat?

  4. That would work just as well, and it would make the leaves easier to store. I would run the grain of the leaves across the grain of the top simply to make the leaves easier to build/surface/smooth.

    With a top that thick, I don’t believe the breadboard ends are needed. In fact, I’m beginning to think that breadboard ends aren’t really functional for preventing the wide top from warping. The question that keeps rattling around in my head is this “which is easier to bend, a wide piece of wood across the grain, or a thin piece of wood along the grain?”. Seems to me it’s like paper, scissors, rock and in this case wide bends thin.

    Bob Lang

  5. I found mirror brackets from motteco.com that would work for the bent metal pieces and at 75 cents I think I’ll try them.

  6. This is a great idea that solves a design issue I am having with my table. Did anyone find a source for the metal bracket and bars? I am looking at 18″ x 40″ x 1 1/4″ leaves but could go a bit less. I do need something heavy duty.

  7. I built Bob’s Spindle chairs… about to to do the table. Can’t find a source of 16′ 8/4. Only 14′. That’s not QUITE long enough for the 7 foot table.. I’ll cheat and make end leaves, with grain running the same direction and a brace underneath, routered into the wood to keep the pieces strong.

What do you think?

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