The extension table offers great convenience, whether it is used for dining or other purposes. The ability to enlarge a table at a moment's notice is valuable, especially for those with large families or social groups. Extension tables may come with detached leaves, butterfly or fold-out leaves or slide-out leaf elements. If you own an extension table with slide-out leaves, maintaining the grooves and compartments to and from which the leaves glide is paramount to maintaining ease of use.
Things You'll Need
- Paste wax
Apply paraffin to both extender leaf and slide area. You can find paraffin at the supermarket or cooking supply store because it is commonly used to seal the jars of homemade jams.
Rub a bar of soap onto the slide. You can use any type of soap you have on hand.
Spread paste wax onto the extender and slide-out housing or compartment. Paste wax is available at hardware and home-improvement stores.
Tips & Warnings
- You can also find commercial products that are specially formulated to lubricate drawers and slides. Your hardware or home-improvement retailer may offer such products. Otherwise, shop for them online.
- Refinish Furniture: Lubricate Sliding Things
- Mike Cunningham; Owner; Woodcraft of Dublin; Dublin, California
- Tom Brown; Master Woodworker/Owner; Heartwood Custom Woodworking; Berkeley, CA
Butterfly Table Leaf Instructions
A butterfly-leaf table hides the table extension inside an opening in the center of the table. The unfolding process to make a...
How to Remove Old Wax From a Table Top
The rich luster of a well-waxed wood table is both attractive and functional, as the wax layer helps prevent scratches and other...
How to Lubricate a Tablesaw
The table saw is the centerpiece of any home woodworking workshop. The proper maintenance and lubrication of this piece of equipment is...
How to Repair Extension Table Extension Slides
Extension tables allow you to add extra leaves to expand your kitchen or dining room table for special occasions. Extension tables are...
How to Lubricate a Zipper
If those jeans are tight as all get-out and really tough to zip up, you may need to lubricate the zipper. When...
How to Open a Butterfly Leaf Table
Having a large dining room table makes it easy to seat all your guests for dinner parties, but it can use up...
How to Use Grease on Drawer Slides
Dirt, moisture or defects in the slide mechanism or the drawer itself may cause a drawer to stick and be difficult to...