Monday, March 28, 2016
Awhile back, I mentioned that we were voted into a gourmet dining group that gets together three or four times a year. Besides not having any formal dining dinnerware one of the problems I mentioned was that our table was just too short to comfortably seat ten people, the number of people in the group. Others in our group have this problem but have gotten other tables, from nice wood ones down to card tables to slide next to their regular table to make it long enough. I had a half sheet of leftover plywood from my projects and rather than slide it along the wall where it would surely get beat up, I decided to make an extension for our table. Underneath the surface you see, I cut some strips of plywood up to make a box with some stiffening elements to it to keep the plywood surface flat. I then made two legs to screw to one end and some stop blocks to allow me to clamp it to the underneath side of our existing table. Although it will be under a tablecloth, I stained it in case someday I ever want to screw on two more legs and make it a free standing table. Now with the two foot additional leaf and this three foot extension, our table now clocks in at 11 feet long and can comfortably sit ten with ease and twelve if you really push it. Our turn to host a gourmet dinner is in less than two months.