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    trestle table questions

    My wife and I are getting old enough that carrying the extensions for our current dining table up and down the stairs to stow them has become a chore. I am considering building a butterfly extension trestle table.

    She wants the top to be elliptical and a contrasting outward-curving base would look nice with it. With the foot of the base curving outward, how would one mill/carve the vertical portion that is 24" or so high to match the curvature of the foot?
    Ken

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    Iíve done that sort of thing by coopering boards together. The boards run vertically, and the edges are beveled, so that when you glue them together you get a curved panel.

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    I dont know what your table looks like but could you make a bracket that holds them and store them under the table?

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Yetka View Post
    I dont know what your table looks like but could you make a bracket that holds them and store them under the table?
    There isn't a really good way of doing it without making them visible.

    A couple years ago when I was ordering hardware for an end table form Lee Valley, I found a hinge for a butterfly extension table so I ordered it as it was relatively inexpensive. As we age both my wife and I are getting weaker so the butterfly extension table with its counterbalanced wings easily remedies the situation.
    Ken

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    Here's a pic of a dining table I built. The trestle base ends are coopered, so that they're concave outwards. The top is boat-shaped. The wood is bigleaf maple.

    diningtablesmall.jpg

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    Jamie,

    That is very similar to what I want to do on the base. It looks like coopering would achieve my goal.
    Ken

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