Another design design for the pool table

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Blog entry by John Nixon posted 07-19-2007 03:29 AM 964 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m back for some more design advice. The discussion / feedback on the corbels was great, and I thank all who participated.

Next topic for design consideration is the addition of a stretcher between the legs on the pool table.

Some things that are up in the air:
  • Whether to add a stretcher or not. The legs are stout enough that I don’t need it for stability, so it’s purely asthetic.
  • If a stretch is added, should I do a through tenon look where the stretcher comes throuh the arched cross member? Perhaps not quite as prominent as you see in the picture.

Stretcher Pic 1

Stretcher Pic 2

I know you folks will have some good advice, so lay it on me. Pros, cons, yeahs and nays…

John Nixon – Buffalo, NY –

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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#1 posted 07-19-2007 03:39 AM

I know this isn’t helpful – but I could take it or leave it. I mean, it does have so much heft on it’s own that it doesn’t really need it aesthetically (to my eye). That said, it also ties it together fairly well!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#2 posted 07-19-2007 04:14 AM


-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 07-19-2007 04:44 AM

I’d say out as well. Overkill.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#4 posted 07-19-2007 02:10 PM

yah.. to me it makes it look less stable.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 07-26-2007 01:14 PM

Down with the stretcher it is!
Thanks to all that responded. It affirmed the direction I was going in.

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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#6 posted 10-29-2007 12:22 AM

This was long ago… is it completed?


-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#7 posted 10-29-2007 02:34 AM

I wish it was Drew.
I took the summer off I guess. Not intentially avoiding the pool table project, but some other more important woodworking projects and opportunities arose. I’ll be back to the pool table in a bout a month or so.

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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