It came with three leaves (not shown in picture at left) and would seat six, but barely.
We lived with it for six years in South Bend, and not until we moved to the current house did something make me wonder just how far this table would expand.
|Here's the table at its smallest--small enough to push against|
a wall as a side table (which is how it might end up in the
final room layout when we have a permanent table in the
kitchen). I can't get over how versatile it is.
Since we got it, we have known it has needed to be refinished. Whatever they put on the top isn't really hard and reacts badly to hot and/or wet things being put on it. So I had the idea that I could hire someone to refinish the top and build some new leaves so I could have a really big table when I needed (and replace the one really annoying warped leaf).
I still haven't looked into getting someone to do this for me and it occurs to me that I'm not looking for a restoration of the table, I just want a big table. And I figure anytime I'm using it full length, I will have it covered with a table cloth anyway. So I ask Troy if we could make some wide plywood leaves to use instead of trying to get a matching wood. He says, "Of course." So that is what we did.
Troy made two wide leaves with the holes and dowel pins needed to lock them in place. Here we are testing one of them:
So, taking over Troy's workbench in the shop, I put on a couple of coats of stain:
Here are the finished leaves in place:
Here's the table at its full length:
Now I need to make one (or two) for the next size down...