Lynn was investigating longer tables because we were thinking of purchasing one to fit ten for Christmas Eve dinner. She saw a similar table design where the pedestal separated to let the table extend farther yet still remain stable. That got us experimenting with our own.
Turns out that with a little careful coaxing and a rubber mallet the table extends pretty far. It is the farthest we have extended it in the ten years we've owned it and given the lack of leaves as far as it's been extended for decades before that.
Lynn is investigating the correct wood to roughly match the leaves we have, which already don't match the table and are probably not original to the table. We are thinking white oak.
This discovery has let us stave off purchasing a new table for a while. It's like we already have a new table.