Cheap Kitchen Table #2: Design for Legs of Cheap Kitchen Table

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Blog entry by LegendInMyOwnMind posted 09-18-2011 04:24 AM 2741 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My kitchen table is cheap, really cheap. But it looks decent. So far it’s a plastic table with a plywood top. I want to have legs so that the table can slide under the kitchen bench.

Here’s the new leg design.

The legs should cost less than $5 since they are only two of 2×4s. Joinery connecting the legs will be through tenons and the top will be joined to the legs with Kreg pocket screws.

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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#1 posted 09-19-2011 01:55 AM


I understand the design but I think you’re going to need some braces to reduce the stress on the joints…

Good Luck!

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#2 posted 09-19-2011 03:03 AM

I based the design on this website's tests of mortise and tenon joints.

He shows over 150 lbs and if the load were distributed evenly that would say that the table could hold 300 lbs. But he is applying the force much closer than the Center of gravity of my table, so my design may not hold. We’ll see.

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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