Deciding which type of Wood Table Slides to choose
What type of Wood Table Slides do I need?
Choose according to: type of table and leaf opening size.
Standard Wood Table Slides are for:
- 4 Leg Tables (table top and legs move together)
- Dividing Leg Tables base tables (table top moves with legs)
- Dividing Base Tables base tables (table top moves with base)
Gear Table Slides are for:
- Pedestal base tables (table top moves independently of base)
- Double Pedestal non-dividing base tables (table top moves independently of base)
Determining Size of Table Slides
Standard Table Leaf width is 12", however occasional table-leaves may differ.
Determine Leaf Opening Measurement: length of open-area, when slides are extended, should be slightly larger than combined-width of table leaves.
Calculate how many leaves will fit in leaf opening: (total number of table leaves X width of leaves) + 1-1/2" - 2" . For example: 2 table leaves X 12" (width of leaves) = 24" + 2" = 26" leaf opening.
Closed-Length, of selected table slide, should be equal to or greater than, one-half the length of table-top, when closed.
Our wood slides are developed with a camber (curved arc) to compensate sagging of the center of the table.
Use table slides with larger-than-need openings. This results in a greater overlap of table slide sections, providing more support when the table is extended.
A drop down center leg to add more support, is recommended for tables with large leaf openings or more than 2-3 leaves .
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