Draw-leaf Game Table

This two-for-one table adds space for extra players without disturbing anything on the tabletop.
By Glen Huey
Pages: 66-72

From the October 2006 issue #157
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I was asked to design and build a gaming table. For me that is a table for playing pinochle or euchre, or a comfortable table for working a jigsaw puzzle with family members. So I set about working to accomplish my task by designing toward card-table dimensions when I stumbled across a television show of the extremely popular “Texas hold ’em” card game. As I looked at the players spaced around the table I questioned the direction I had chosen.

I needed a design that could expand into a larger table. I needed leaves! But table leaves are a constant nuisance. If you need to store them away from the table they take up too much closet space and are always getting dents and dings. If the leaves store in the table, you need to open it completely to install them.

Then I remembered a seldom-used design that could provide me with exactly what I was searching to find: the draw-leaf or Dutch pull-out table. In this design, the leaves store directly under the main top of the table and extend outward from each end when pulled from the table’s base. The main top floats upward as the leaves are extended and will fit flush with the leaf when it is fully brought out. The fascinating aspect of this design is that the leaves may be extended even if the table is being used for the family puzzle. No need to remove anything from the top – just slide the leaves out!

From the October 2006 issue #157
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