Arts & Crafts - Living room tables #3: Legs and support assembled and glued up

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Blog entry by LegendInMyOwnMind posted 10-01-2011 04:48 PM 3273 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I assembled the legs & supports for the table. It’s all glued up. It’s more wobbly than I would have thought given the wood was straight and the M&T joints were solid. Not sure where I went wrong.

Next step finishing and then attaching the top. We bought the entry level Kreg joint jig so I’m thinking about using that for the attachment of the top. Not sure if expansion will be an issue. The top is plywood, but the base is 2×4s.

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

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#1 posted 10-02-2011 03:49 AM

Where is it wobbling? 2X4s are notoriously dimensionally unstable; they will corkscrew even once they are installed in a wall and gyproc’ed over. Are all the components still straight? Is the top co-planar? Is the top parallel with the bottom (of the plane described by the bottom of the legs)?

I don’t think you’d have to worry too much about expansion and contraction as the dimension that most expansion is noticed in (across the width) is just going to raise and lower your table top, not work against the joints. I would be more concerned about the 2 bys drying out and changing shape dramatically. It will be interesting to see what happens.

I made my router table out of HD 2X4s and it hasn’t warped significantly so I’d think your table may be okay. One thing in its favour though is it is in the garage and I think it got pretty cold in there while it the wood was still new and thus pretty wet. I think the wood freezing (or near freezing) for a big chunk of the winter allowed the wood to dry more slowly than it would have it if had had the whole hot summer to dry in.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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