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post #1 of 8 Old 11-15-2017, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Hi,

I have a basic design of a table top with leafs that inset into the table. My question is, would 1/2 inch rabbit be sufficient enough to support the table leafs? My current design shows 3/4 x 3/4. Please see attached picture for further explanation. I'm only a weekend woodworker and relatively new to wood working as a hobby.

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I think if you gave us a bit more information you may get some replies, as it stands it is hard to comprehend what your end result is.

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post #3 of 8 Old 11-16-2017, 07:08 PM
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Are you trying to use 1/2" ply for the leafs? Or would you still use 3/4" and rabbet the bottom by 1/4" to sit on the 1/2" rabbet of the frame?

I'd stick with the 3/4 ply and 3/4 rabbet.
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1/2" would work fine as long as the slack space for the leaf isn't more than 1/2".

How come the leaves are shorter in length than the table is wide?
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Okay, so provide a little more clarification, I've attach a sample image showing what my end effect would look like. This table shows leaves much like I would be using, while my design is different. So, back to my question of 1/2 rabbit or 3/4? What ever i decide to use, plywood with edge banding or real wood, 3/4 inch would still be my target thickness for the leaves.

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Either will work, 3/4" would hold more weight on the top but it doesn't look like that is important in this case so take your pick.

How do you lift the leafs to get into the storage compartment?

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I plan on implementing a secret little push up mechanism from the bottom to push up an end leaf.

Thank you for your response.
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Sounds like a draw leaf table. On a draw leaf table to top isn't firmly mounted to the table. Instead it has two dowels or pins in the center that allow the top to raise or lower. Then the leaves have a tapered rail which raises up the top when you put it out and then the top drops into place when the leaf gets past the top.
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