Assembly And Finishing

1 Unless you can obtain the exact size, cut down two 36in (914mm) piano hinges to 32in (813mm) and fit them into place, connecting the two flaps to the centre section to make a complete top.

2 Lay the top on the floor upside down and place the leg assemblies on it in the inverted position. Check the action of the swinging legs to ensure that they locate in the correct place, both in the flaps and in the rails, and that the tops of the swinging legs clear the hinges. Make any adjustments necessary and then screw the leg assembly to the top.

3 Turn the assembled table the right way up and inspect the table top for flatness. If the flaps are not level with the centre section the swinging leg can be shortened, or if the legs are already too short, the area in the centre batten where the leg locates can be packed out with a thin piece of wood that fits the recess, to bring the flap up to the correct level.

4 Flatten the table top using a random orbital sander with a coarse-grit disk. Fill any blemishes or flaws with coloured filler and allow to dry. Go over the table top again using the sander with a medium-grit disk. Follow this with fine glasspaper on a cork block to produce the final finish. As heat resistance is required, complete the table top with three coats of clear matt polyurethane varnish.

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