I’m more into the “modern/contemporary” furniture style, if I had to label myself. I really wanted to build a custom extension dining table out of American walnut. Functionality and custom size being first, then style and design being a close second in order of importance.
I was inspired by a cool coffee table design for this project. Simple butt joints glued up for the whole solid walnut table top with all the pieces skewed at an angle (I don’t remember the exact angle degree). The table seats six chairs when closed, and 8 (10 squeezed in) when extended. The legs are from 3×3 solid walnut boards. They are cut into the table top about .5″ for support as well as design. The aprons are mortise and tenon into the legs as well. The extension rails are solid maple, custom built as well. I used an old article from FineWoodworking.com about building extension tables for instructions and reference. The extension leaf stays hidden under the table top when folded and needs to be manually removed by hand–it’s not a fancy self-opening mechanism type thing. It’s a snug fit, but works. I really didn’t want to have to store the leaf someplace else in my house.
The project took several weekends to build with my dad as my trusty partner in wood working crime.