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post #1 of 16 Old 10-29-2017, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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Working with gear table slides

Hello,

I have a 1930s-1940s mahogany dining table with metal gear slides for extension.
In order to get it from my garage into my house I need to take it apart into two parts.
I can't figure out how to do this.

Clearly, I am not a woodworker, but figured you all would be the folks to ask.

Thanks in advance.

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post #2 of 16 Old 10-29-2017, 04:38 PM
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Some pictures would help.

The only one of those that I can remember seeing had the extension just keep moving of the slides. but that has been a long time ago.

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pix would be exceedingly helpful - lacking that . . .
the couple gear types I have seen had a "capture frame" over / constraining the gear axle travel.
if you take that off (screws at end of metal bar/frame) the two ends could continue to slide away from each other.
have some help handy - when they slide apart far enough the middle bits fall down....not good - breakage possible along with busted toes and perhaps busted up table top.
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Does your table have 4 legs or a pedestal?

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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Take the slide off the table instead of taking the slide apart. Most won't come apart without breaking them anyway.
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I have only disassembled 1 years ago and don't remember any of it.

Safest way, flip the table over and slide it apart on a rug covered floor or lay enough towels or blankets down to protect the top. Slide it apart and see where it is locked or what is holding it together.

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Just happened to have this table sitting in my basement hallway, to get it apart remove the six screws in the plywood square and then the 4 screws on each side on one half, 1/2 top then is free. If legs are attached to top the sliders would be similar but no plywood square.
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With the pedestal removed you should be able to move the table anywhere without taking the two halves of the top apart. Right?

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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With the pedestal removed you should be able to move the table anywhere without taking the two halves of the top apart. Right?
If it has a pedestal, I'm thinking the table is rectangular with attached legs, but you know what happens when you assume. :smile3:

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Regardless of whether it is a pedestal table or not the table extensions are not intended to be taken apart. The gear on the extension coordinates the two halves of it and if you go taking them apart if one slide is out of sync with the other slide the table may not open or close completely.
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Thank you all for these responses.

I've attached some pictures. I hope will help.

It is not a pedestal table, nor does it have 4 legs. There are 2 curved "leg sections". It also (not pictured has a center support) that I've removed.

Lastly I do not want to take the sliders apart, I just need to separate the two table pieces so I can angle them in through my front door to get them in the house.

Thanks!
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Remove the three screws that are circled on each side, you may have to disconnect the lock linkage, and it should be in two sections. As a second plan is it possible to remove the legs?
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Thanks so much! I'll give it a try.
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Thank you all!
We were able to separate the table halves, bring it in, and put it back together.
The table is now in my dining room!
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Glad it all worked out for you, it is just not the same sitting down to a meal in the garage. 😄

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