Advice on Making DR Table Leaves
I bought a very nice 10-year-old Harden cherry table (Shaker-style) recently. It is absolutely gorgeous, but is lacking it's extension leaves. (This is why it was for sale....the leaves were lost in a household move.) The table is 67" long without leaves (which is perfect 360 days/year), but several times a year I want to have a big table.
My husband is a great woodworker, but has limited time. I know it would be quite a challenge to match the cherry wood in color, graining, etc, so I suggested he make leaves that wouldn't necessarily match in wood color. I don't mind using a tablecloth when the table is extended.
What would be the easiest, best (considering it doesn't need to match) wood to use? We were discussing possibly MDF thinking it would lay flat and be inexpensive. It needs to be 1" thick. Any different suggestions? (BTW, he already found the fastening hardware.)