One day Len and Linda woke up and realized they were no longer graduate students. They wanted a grown-up dining room table, "a center for conviviality" (said Len) for their family and friends. They also wanted the table to be able to store its own leaves. I designed one that stores its leaves in the base and extends to a full twelve feet long. From what I understand, friends and family have put the table through its paces, and it has performed admirably.