February 12th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
January is a popular month to shop for dining tables. I guess every year, around the holidays people decide “this is going to be my last year entertaining around this old table! It’s too small, it’s too old, it’s not the right shape…” So we build a lot of dining tables in January and this year, they are almost all extension tables.
Who ever thought up the idea of extension tables in the first place? I mean… “let’s saw this table top in two. Then we can stick a couple boards in between the 2 halves and extend the table when company comes.” Pretty innovative, but it must have sounded a little crazy at first– don’t you think?
Extension tables have come a long way since some creative person designed the first one. Now you can get extension tables with 1, 2, 3 or more leaves (our furniture makers have been known to build custom tables with as many as 5 leaves). The leaves can be self-storing, with butterfly mechanisms or little cubbies under the table for convenient storage. With 3 or more leaves there is usually an extra leg tucked under the table top for extra support.
At Vermont Woods Studios, our extension tables are handcrafted of real solid wood and 100% American made by Vermont craftspeople. They can be customized in Cherry, Maple, Black Walnut, or Oak wood. And you can choose from different designs to suit the shape and style of your dining room: drop leaf, trestle, split pedestal, single pedestal and double pedestal.
Looking for a particular style or shape? Browse through Shaker, modern, mission, French country, traditional, craftsman and mid-century modern styles in round to oval and square to rectangular shapes.
December 1st, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
Grab an extra leaf or two for the extension table and add another cup of water to the soup. The holidays are here! I remember when we were kids it seemed like every night at least one of us would be having a friend over for dinner. In our big family, my mother barely noticed it. But today, families are smaller, dining rooms are smaller (or non-existent) and dining room tables are smaller.
That’s no reason to hesitate before extending an open invitation for your friends and relatives to gather around the table at your house. Enter the extra leaf! Back in the day, we had to store extra leaves for our old oak dining table down in the basement. But today’s extension tables have self storing leaves that are neatly and conveniently tucked away under the table top. It’s so easy to insert them, and then tuck them away after company has gone home.
Check out these American made, solid wood extension tables that are handcrafted in Vermont. Last week Loryn posted some tips about how to select the right shape for your table and we’ve tried to make it easy to find special categories for Round & Oval Extension Tables as well as Square & Rectangular Extending Tables. If you’re shopping by style it might be faster to browse through categories like our Shaker Dining Tables, Pedestal Dining Tables or Trestle Dining Tables. Copeland Furniture fans will want to head straight to the Copeland Audrey, Sarah, Catalina and Dana Thomas dining tables.
So how many extra people can you fit with each leaf in your extending table? Well, just 2 per leaf but you can customize most of our tables with your choice of 1, 2 or 3 leaves (with some designs a fifth leg is added to support 3 extending leaves– it’s also hidden underneath the table top when not in use).
Have questions? Give us a call or connect with us on Facebook. Then start planning your next dinner party!