Gateleg table

DECREE OF DIFFICULTY: ADVANCED

TIME TO MAKE: 45 HOURS

Gate-legged tables were first constructed in the seventeenth century and were probably developed slowly by a process of trial and error. Prior to this, tables had been large, heavy objects that were often constructed in the room they occupied, and were intended to be a permanent fixture. In contrast, the gateleg table was designed to be pressed into service when required and tucked away against the wall when not.

Today, the design is ideal for a small kitchen or dining room where space is at a premium but a table is required for occasional casual meals. A drop-leaf table or one with a folding top would also be suitable, but I chose to make a gate-leg table as few other designs are as compact when folded yet so quick and easy to erect to full size.

CUTTING

LIST 1

MAIN LEG ASSEMBLY

Main legs (2)

Pine

25x5x1 Vain (635 x 127 x 28mm)

Caps on top of legs (2)

Pine

9V2 x2 X 13/4 in (241 x 51 x 44mm)

Stands on bottom of legs (2)

Pine

10 X 2V2 X 13/4¡n (254 x 64 x 44mm)

Lower rail (1)

Pine

261/2x3x1^in (673 x 76 x 28mm)

Top rail (1 )

Pine

253/4 x 3 x 1 Vein (654 x 76 x 28mm)

Brackets (2)

Pine

3'/8 x 31/8 x 1 V8in (79 x 79 x 28mm)

GATES

Pivots (2)

Pine

209/i6 x 1 \ x 1 V4in (521 x 31 x 31 mm)

Swinging legs (2)

Pine

27 x 1V2 x 11/4in (686 x 38 x 31mm)

Top rails (2)

Pine

20 x 13/4 x 3/4in (508 x 44 x 18mm)

Lower rails (2)

Pine

20 x 13/4 x 3/4in (508 x 44 x 18mm)

TABLE TOP

Top planks A (2)

Pine

34 x 5 x 1in (864 x 127 x 25mm)

Top planks B (2)

Pine

34 x 5 x 1 in (864 x 127 x25mm)

Top planks C (2)

Pine

32V2 x 5 x 1 in (826 x 127 x 25mm)

Top planks D (2)

Pine

27 x 5 x 1 in (686 x 127 x 25mm)

Top planks E (2)

Pine

14'/4x 2 x1in (362 x 51 x 25mm)

Short battens (4)

Pine

8V4 x 1 ^ x 1 in (210 x 38 x 25mm)

Long battens (2)

Pine

I5V2X IV2X 1 in (394 x 38 x 25mm)

ALSO REQUIRED:

Brass piano hinges (2)

36in (914mm)

Dowelling

Hardwood

V4in (6mm) for joints

FIG 7.1

Side view with one flap raised

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FIG 7.2

Front view with near flap raised, with dimensions.

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