How to Extend a Solid Oak Dining Table

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How to Extend a Solid Oak Dining Table
An extending oak dining table helps parties go smoothly. (Thomas Northcut/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Whether your decorating scheme is traditional or modern, a solid oak dining table will not only enhance the look and feel of the space, but last for years. Solid oak has long been known for its durability. Ease of care makes it an excellent choice for a busy household. A solid oak dining table that extends can help you make room for guests and additional family members at parties and special occasions. Extender table leaves may include one or two detached, foldout or pullout leaves.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

    Detached Leaves

  1. 1

    Release the clips or latches that secure the two halves of the table. In general, you'll find a clip or set of clips on each side of the table. They should be within easy reach on the underside of the table top. Releasing them does not take a lot of effort. Because different manufacturers use different latching mechanisms, consult your manual for specifics. Some extender tables have no latching mechanism.

  2. 2

    Pull the two halves of the table apart. You should see a set of interior pegs at regular intervals on one half of the table, and a set of peg holes on the other.

  3. 3

    Get the detachable leaves. In some extender tables, the leaves are stored just beneath the table top, near the centre split. Other extender tables require you to find a separate storage space for the leaves. Get one or both leaves, depending on your needs.

  4. 4

    Place the extender leaf into the gap between the two halves of the table top, aligning the pegs on one side of the leaf with the peg holes in one half of the table, and the peg holes on the other side of the leaf with the table pegs.

  5. 5

    Insert the leaf pegs into the table's peg holes.

  6. 6

    Insert the pegs of the other table half into the leaf holes.

  7. 7

    Push or pull the table halves together until no gaps are visible.

  8. 8

    Secure the leaf into position, if your table has a clip, clasp or latching mechanism.

    Foldout Leaves

  1. 1

    Release the table's latching mechanism on both sides.

  2. 2

    Pull the two table halves apart. The foldout leaves, sometimes called butterfly leaves, are typically stored beneath the table top near the centre divide.

  3. 3

    Pull up on the foldout leaf as you unfold it. It should settle into the gap between the two table halves.

  4. 4

    Push or pull the table halves together until you can see no gaps between table top and leaf.

  5. 5

    Secure the leaf into position, if your table boasts a locking mechanism.

    Pullout Leaf

  1. 1

    Find the leaf at the end of the table. You'll see it in a slot just beneath the table top.

  2. 2

    Pull up slightly on the leaf.

  3. 3

    Pull the leaf out from beneath the table until it clicks into place. The leaf's hinges will ensure it's correctly aligned.

Tips and warnings

  • If your extender leaves are detached, store them standing on end, rather than flat.

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