A reader had an interesting question; “How would you build or put leaves (mounting) in the 599 dining room table? ” The great thing about trestle tables, such as the L & JG Stickley No. 599 (sometimes referred to as the mouse hole table) is its simplicity, a big thick top on a simple base. But most extension mechanisms either hide behind an apron, or have the end extension folding but still visible as part of the original design. How can we keep the simple look, but still have a place for Uncle Al and Aunt Katherine to sit at Thanksgiving? Here is how I would do it, and the pictures are from a different, but similar table, the Gus Stickley No. 622 Trestle Table.
I believe that the hardware to do this used to be commercially available, and it still might be. A quick search of the usual online suppliers didn’t turn up anything, but this can be accomplished with trip to the local hardware store. Tow metal bars, 3/8″ x 3/4″ are screwed to the bottom of the table extensions. Steel or aluminum would work. I would run the grain on the extensions at a right angle to the grain of the top, and wouldn’t make them any wider than 14″ or 16″. It will take a bit more room to store them with the bars attached, but I don’t see that as an issue.
On the underside of the table, you’ll need some brackets for the bars on the extensions to slide into. If I couldn’t find them, they would be simple enough to make. These guys will be hidden, so function trumps appearance. These simple bends can be made with a small vise and a hammer.
If you know of a source for the hardware (or have a better idea than this one) leave a comment or send me an e-mail.