Christmas Eve of 2010 was a historical moment for me. For the first time in my life I would not be spending Christmas Eve/morning at my parents house. At that point in my life, it just got too difficult to travel all over and we were actually really looking forward to our first Christmas morning as just our family.
As part of the new plan, we asked to host my family for Christmas Eve. As we did not have a dining table per se, a project was born.
I found this plan on Ana-white.com and we both liked it. For the table top itself I actually used a solid core uncut door.
Here is the basic framing.
I intend to allow for leaf insert to accommodate the whole family and collapse the table for every day use.
I mounted some 1×2 guides on the bottom of the top pieces so they would easily fall right into place. You can’t see it, but I have dowels between the two to line them up, buckles to lock them together, and deadbolts to stop them from coming up.
Here you can see the finished product with the leaf installed. Plenty of room.
Here is the table without the leaf in its default configuration. I really like this style with the gap between tabletop and frame, and I think the white frame and natural top turned out great.