When we first got our house, the previous owners kindly left us a kitchen table. It was incredibly helpful of them, and it lasted us a couple of years, but it was too large for our kitchen. At the time I had been learning how to turn wood, under the guidance of one of our old neighbours.
Once I knew what I was doing, I decided to have a go at making an extendable kitchen table to replace it.
I had no patterns to work from, so I made it up as I went along.
Here it is, from start to finish (apologies for the photo quality, they were taken with the camera on the phone I had at the time):
I started off with these lovely planks of oak
After gluing the beams together, we had a nice blank to turn the table leg from.
Ah, it’s starting to look like a table leg now…
Obviously I needed some way of attaching the leg to the table, so I left a block on the top of the leg
(We’ll come back to this in a bit)
Next, we need some feet
It’s getting a little more table-like, now for the top
This is the frame for underneath the tabletop
Planks have been glued together ready to make the tabletop
Table top cut out, jig still attached
All done and ready to take home…
Here’s a view from the top