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Restoring A Drop-Leaf Table 1


Here's the beginning of a story that I hope will have a happy ending. It's about a  humble drop-leaf  kitchen table that I stumbled on at an antique store.

Nothing special-but it was all made by hand, as you'll see in the photos below. My goal is to restore the table-and with the problems it has, that journey is bound to take a few twists and turns.


First, here's an overall shot of the table. 




Here's a view from the end, illustrating the table's main problem: the top has shrunk by about 1/4", so the drop leaves do not hang straight down.

I'm not sure how I'll fix this. If you've got a suggestion, please leave a comment by scrolling to the bottom of this page.




Here's a view of one of the leaf supports. They are made with classic knuckle hinges, clearly made by hand.

How can you tell? Well, there are overcuts on both parts. When the craftsman sawed the box joints to form the knuckles, he went a bit beyond his layout lines.

The knuckles, by the way, are made from beech, or a similar wood with very large rays.




Here's a view of the base, with the top removed. The rails are pine, while the legs are something else. Yellow poplar, perhaps. I'll post some more photos in the next blog.


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