Expandable formal dining table that seats ten and fits in a closet

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Step 6: Sliders

Picture of Sliders
Make the sliders that fit into the dovetail grooves.

Make 32 of these as shown in the diagram.  They are 2½" long and their cross-section dimensions match the grooves.  One half of each slider should be a snug fit into a groove (where it will be glued), and the other half just slightly loose so that is slides easily through the groove of the adjoining rail.  I find that a bit of sanding is enough to do the job.

Hint: make half of these sliders just a little bit longer than the others, maybe 1/8".  This will make final assembly much easier when the time comes.