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A customer ordered a dutch pullout table, then changed his mind; instead he wants a refectory table. The difference is this: the leaves on dutch pullout are pulled out the ends of the table by slightly lifting the top, which then drops back down at the level of the leaves once they're extended. The leaves on a refectory table are pulled out the ends of the table then swing up to the level of the top, which is fixed (sometime this is called a stow leaf). Plans for the dutch pullout mechanism are easy to find. The only hardware for refectory table pullouts is made by Selby, and it's pretty awful. I'm looking for specifications for wooden slides for a refectory table. This must exist, but it's a well guarded secret. How can I find such plans?
The Stickley furniture company makes a rock solid refectory table if a retailer near you sells them go and take a look. There is nothing that you couldn't buy at your local hardware store as I remember. The leaf was so strong you could sit on it
This is a good suggestion. I in fact went to a furniture store -- they told me on the phone they had a Stickley refectory table, but when I got there, it turned out they didn't. I'd like to make these slides. It shouldn't be hard but without plans, there would be a lot of trial and error. That's what I'm trying to avoid. Here's a video of the slides I want to make.
The difference is this: the leaves on dutch pullout are pulled out the ends of the table by slightly lifting the top, which then drops back down at the level of the leaves once they're extended
Did you ever figure out the slide for the stow leaf table. The one that the top does not move. If you did could you post how you did it.
After concluding I'd find no acceptable commercial slides I finally decided I'd have to make my own wooden slides. I laid out a trial-and-error 2 dimensional version, using a piece of half inch plywood and various small pieces screwed to the bench to represent limits, brackets and so on -- based on various things I'd seen online, including the table in the video above. Then I made a three dimensional mock-up, was able to transfer this to the final slide. Here are some pictures of various stages of that process and a link to a video of the table in action.
STOW LEAF TABLE VIDEO