Disclaimer: I'm a complete newbie.

A problem with dining tables is catering for a varied number of people. Two solutions to this is folding sides or break apart system where one adds the extra table parts.

What about simply building multiple tables and putting them together?

Say I make a table that caters for 6 people, make another that fits 4 around, put that on and the whole table should fit another 2 poeple around it. Add another for another 2.

The problems I see with this is

  1. Uneven floor surface could spoil a seamless surface, could be solved either with adjustable legs or just pieces of paper
  2. Slight knocks and movements will put them out of alignment. Could be solved by locking them together somehow.

I'm thinking about this because it makes it easier to build tables that can be packed away. And it seems like the simplest solution.

How may I go about the solutions to the two points? Is it likely they will solve the problems?

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    The "break apart system where one adds the extra table parts" are called "leaves" (singular "leaf"). – SaSSafraS1232 Dec 5 at 16:52
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    Remember that a diagram is worth a lot. Maybe you could sketch what you have in mind -- this will help you get your thoughts in order, too. The best woodworkers I know have decent "isometric" good-enough sketching skills. – jdv Dec 5 at 19:57
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    Have you ever been out to eat at a restaurant with a group of 8 or 10 people? Moving tables together is exactly what they'll do to accommodate you. Your system will have all the advantages and drawbacks of what you get at the restaurant. Flexibility to add more people, surfaces that may not quite line up each time, possibly wobbly tables from uneven floors. – FreeMan Dec 5 at 20:17
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    Sure - you can make as many tables as you'd like and set them out end-to-end to seat 150 guests if you've got the room. They'll take a lot of space to store when you don't need them, but you should have the room for that, too ;). Most tables come with leaves because you only have to store a small selection of 12-18" wide x (table-width)" x (skirt-depth)" pieces in the back of the closet instead of a whole table to get some additional seating. You're free to use whichever approach you'd like and both can be made very solid & stable. – FreeMan Dec 5 at 20:44
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    I think you have the solutions to your questions right in the question. Adjustable feet or paper shims are both solutions to the problem of "wobbly table" of any sort. "Clamping/locking mechanism" is a great solution to the problem of "knocks may misalign two things". Not really sure what more you're looking for... – FreeMan Dec 6 at 15:14

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