Small Queen Anne drop-leaf table (another interesting distraction)

My friend, Les, and I agreed that we both had a lot of unfinished projects and that we’d help one another out in order to complete some of the ones that have remained undone for an inordinate period of time. Woodworking can be a solitary business, so it’s good to work with another craftsman, especially when you work well together.

So, when we sat down to prioritize the work to be completed, we decided (as two, old, retired guys have the privilege of doing) to start an entirely new project.  As I said in a previous post, both boon and bane. We’ll be working on a small, graceful, Queen Anne drop-leaf table.  The top diameter is only 28″.  Cherry will be the species.  The design is straight-forward but does include one somewhat challenging feature. The leaf supports are hinged.  This one will be fun and should get completed in a reasonably short period of time.

It’s been a while since either of us has made this type of support so we decided to do a little practicing. Many hinged supports are made with both sides of the “barrel” being rounded.  But Les had made several tables in the past that leave the “face” side of the “barrel” flat.


This style requires that the back side of the “barrel” be undercut to provide clearance for the “fingers”.



The hinge boards will be glued to backing boards.  This assembly will form the side aprons of the table. Adequate working clearance must be assured with the backing boards, as well.


This method will make for neat and workmanlike supports.  One might, justifiably, ask “if the leaves cover the apron, why all this fuss about workmanship”.  The answer should be clear.  If anyone might find themselves on the floor, perhaps as a result of indulging in too much “Holiday Nog”, they, while looking up, will be very impressed by our attention to detail, a clear indicator of the overall quality of our work… Plus, sometimes it’s just fun to do things because you can.  I mean, why does the dog…

The long, delicate, legs (which, by the way, are amazingly strong when correctly designed) are ready for mortising and the buttressed knee blocks:


This should be one of those projects that gets finished up pretty quickly.  Okay, there may be a few, inevitable delays associated with the Holiday Season, but, really, as long as we don’t get distracted…




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2 Comments on “Small Queen Anne drop-leaf table (another interesting distraction)”

  1. larry porter Says:

    dennis, about the dog you referenced, did you mean he would be in position to see your wood working prowess or was it a thought about flexability ? and are you and les warm enough in your shop? I could drop off some hot cocoa !

    • D.B. Laney Says:

      I’ve been sharing my glucosamine and chondroitin with Rover and it’s working miracles. I wish it worked that well on me. As for the environs; I believe you’ll recognize the place by it’s central heating. When coming to my shop, you shop bring something a little stronger than cocoa – both winter and summer.

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