This table was built to accommodate a weekly gathering of friends for dinner. We regularly have 10 people over and needed a table that could extend to fit this size group. It is 74″ x 42″ with breadboard leaves (not shown) to bring it to a total of 96″ long.
The table is loosely based on a pottery barn table as we like the combination of wood and metal for a little industrial touch. We wanted something not quite so rustic as the store version. The entire table is black walnut from a local mill. The top is made of 4 slabs acquired green and left to air dry. They were joined with 1/2″ loose tenons and flattened to 1.75″ thick. The top is 42″W x 96″L. Eleven inch breadboard ends were then cut from each end to act as extension leaves as needed.
The legs are splayed 4 degrees and are made of solid black walnut stock. They are mortised together and also mortised into the top. The metal brackets and turnbuckle assemblies are all handmade as well.
The table is finished with 4 sprayed on coats of Waterlox satin finish, then wet sanded to 1200 grit and one more coat after that.