Step 6: 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.
<p>This is exactly like the Goliath table in Europe! I was looking for expandable tables as I'll be living by myself and was fascinated by it. I then spent about a week looking for it finding only versions available in Europe. I'd given up until today when after seeing it again in a morphing apartment video I did a search for it and came across your guide. I can't tell you how happy this makes me. Im jumping for joy and cant wait to make this. Thank you, thank you a million times thank you~!</p>
<p>I never heard of Goliath before I published this instructable, but they do look like nice tables.</p><p>This design is based on an &quot;Expansole&quot; table I got at a garage sale. Expansole specialized in a number of furniture products that folded up small but expanded big. Alas, they went out of business many years ago.</p>
<p>Correction: it's called &quot;Extensole&quot;. You can find out a little about their products on antiques web sites, and so forth.</p>
Sir, can you make a tutorial video of this plz...i want to make it for my mom
<p>Unfortunately, I would have to make another table in order to make a video. I already have more expanding tables than I need.</p>
Personally, I don't want a dining room in my house because I would rarely use it. I usually eat at a breakfast area in the kitchen or on my couch. How hard would it be to either make legs that fold, or collapse? It's the perfect size table for a coffee table when not in use as a 10 person dining table. I'd use it as a living room center piece. I guess it would be easier and probably more sturdy to just make a separate set of 4 short legs to replace the longer ones when using as a coffee table.
Yes, exactly. Just make four shorter legs for coffee-table mode, and just remove the center legs entirely (you don't need them when the table is collapsed). <br> <br>I think this is a great idea, and just might make a set of short legs myself.
This is a beautiful project, but very challenging to my woodworking skills and limited tools, but it occurs to me that you could make an easier version by starting with an existing wood table and cutting it in half. Then you could use a couple of 2x4s to make a pair of 8' rails that you could keep in a closet when you are not using them. A pair of bolts and wingnuts on each end of the rails would securely attach the rails to the table halves. A pair of short rails would hold the table together when the length was not needed.<br><br>My solution is a lot less elegant, but even I could build it in a day or so. Thanks for the inspiration!
Actually, that's not a bad idea.
<p>Hi! Awesome tutorial -- thank you! Was wondering if you had a link to an extension slides that you found that would work? </p>
<p>Update: for what it's worth, I found some great photos of the original Extensole console: http://ancientpoint.com/inf/77174-convertible_extensole_console_table_with_3_leaves_1122.html</p>
Hi where can I buy this table? Will you build to order? If so how much?
<p>You said you could buy them online. I've looked around a bit. Do you have any recommendations for extensions that go to a similar length that you built?</p>
<p>hey falk i sent you a private message. May you pleasde reply when you get the chasnce</p>
<p>I inherited a similar table from my grandparents, vintage WWII +/-. Unlike yours, but like this one currently for sale: </p><p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Stakmore-Company-Inc-4072VCHE-Traditional/dp/B00019A0N2#productDetails" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/Stakmore-Company-Inc-4072VCHE-Traditional/dp/B00019A0N2#productDetails</a></p><p><br>one of the leaves lives bottom-side-up on top of everthing else, and it flips over, and I think a piece slides out to support it. And a 5th leg flips down.<br><br>I never thought to remove the legs.<br><br>My all-time favorite expanding table, and equally beyond my abilities,is the Bruno Mattsson Maria Drop table. Between the typical outer drop leaves are a pair of inner leaves retroflex folded, and they're all supported by gate legs which fit inside each other. (Bad explanation, but the entire top stores like a capital letter M compressed.) They sell for a few thousand dollars now; I doubt my parents paid that much for something that took up only 10&quot; of their rent-controlled apartment. I'm sure a motivated woodworker could adapt the design.</p>
<p>Great design! Aren't there any ready built table slides out there that would work for those of us without dovetailing jigs? Thanks!</p>
<p>Yes! I saw some in a catalog just the other day. Thanks for reminding me to post an update. Do a google search for &quot;extension slides&quot; and all sorts of results will turn up.</p>
Wow! nice work! just wondering, Can i use drawer slides and &quot;multi-stack&quot; them sideways for the railings? i dont have tools to fabricate the rails and even if i do i dont have the space to work on it as i live in a small flat. trying to think of ways i can improvise this and make it simpler. any sugestions? please advise me... thanks!
It would probably work, provided the slides were robust enough. I've never worked with drawer slides myself, so I can't give any more advice than that. <br> <br>If you try it, let us know how it works out.
amazing design and great build... I don't think I need one so big (long) but I am definitely going to incorporate your design for the extension into my table... THANKS for solving a big problem with my design!
I like this idea so much , I wish to know its owner as I saw a lot of companies sell it.
My gosh you've conquered Goliath! People can save thousands!!!
I'm not sure who &quot;Goliath&quot; is in this context, but I'm sure he had it coming.
I love this tabel. I am planing to make one. Do you think it would work with cirkel top and the top plate made of MDF?
I'm not sure what &quot;cirkel&quot; means unless you mean &quot;circle&quot; in English.<br><br>You would want to trim the edge of the top with veneer of some sort, but I'm sure it could be done.
making it as a coffe table brilliant
Another tip: this design has the legs permanently attached to the board, and the entire set comes off as one unit, which is just slightly clumsy. An alternative would be to permanently attach the board to the rails, and find some sort of knock-down hardware to attach the legs to the board. (I'm rather fond of threaded inserts myself.) However you do it, just make sure that nothing protrudes above the board because it would interfere with the sliding rails.
p.s. the legs can be larger than 2.5&quot;x2.5&quot; with no changes in the design.
p.s. Ignore the extra holes in the rails in the 4th picture. It was a prototype, what can I say?
Actually, I realized that you *can* perfectly center the dovetail grooves in the blocks by cutting them in two passes: Cut the dovetail on one side, then flip the block end-for-end and cut on the other side. It's not strictly required that the dovetail grooves are exactly centered, but it makes life a lot easier further on.
This is brilliant. Living in a small apartment means I can't have a big table all the time but with this I can have any size table I need. You saved me thousands of dollars as I was going to buy the Goliath table but know I have to spend a few hundred. <br>Keep the great ideas coming!
I cannot wait to try this. Looks like an awesome plan!
great brain ...........
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Awesome design. I showed my wife and she likes it too, but neither of can see where the rest of the top panels are hidden when the table is in it's &quot;small&quot; form? How do you hide the other panels if they're the same width as the main top panel?
In the hallway closet. :)
Great design. I have an antique hall table the uses a similar approach, along with a folding top. Bit wobbly when fully extended but like you said, able to hold dinner.<br><br>Table extenders are available from Lee Valley (probably other woodworking supply places as well) if you don't want to make them. http://www.leevalley.com/en/hardware/page.aspx?p=40139&amp;cat=3,43586<br><br>
Oh, those are nice. Wouldn't have worked for this table, but would be great for a smaller one.
could i use 100 pound wait limt drawer slides instseed of the wooden mechansim i dont have the skill to make something as amazing as this
This is a great table design, but what about the chairs? Do you have a plan for &quot;easy&quot; chairs? <br>
This is an AMAZING piece of work, sir. You are to be commended. <br><br>I have to admit, my first thought was &quot;This would be amazing for D&amp;D nights.&quot;<br><br>&quot;Hey, I'm bringing the Doritos &amp; Mountain Dew!&quot; <br>&quot;Okay, I'm bringing the table.&quot; <br><br><br>Just an amazingly creative piece of work. :)
I must confess that I'm still awaiting the day when someone asks if someone can bring a dining table to some party or another.
Falk,<br><br>Amazing ! I like it very well. design is best !<br><br>Keep posting new ideas<br><br>Regards<br>Sandeep
AMAZING! What's more, ResourceFurniture sells this design, as the Goliath table. They replaced the wooden rails with metallic ones, so with some work you can either sweat a little and build this table or shell out US$ 5,000. I know what my choice will be!<br><br>http://www.resourcefurniture.com/space-savers/space-saving-tables/goliath
Heh, I'll be damned. Never heard of that table before. Definitely the same basic design.
How sturdy is the table? <br><br>I really like the idea. You could probably use heavy duty drawer slides in place of all the dovetailing. The end result would be similar I think. <br><br>We have a bunch of drawer slides from old server racks in our server room at work that are just ripe for picking. I might have to liberate a few to do something similar.<br><br>Great writeup, craftsmanship and finished product!<br><br>
It's really quite stable, thanks to the middle legs. I wouldn't climb up on it, but you can certainly serve dinner for ten at it without anybody feeling that the table is rickety.
Very cool! I would also like to know how sturdy it is. I especially like the choice in transportation, lol!

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