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Kitchen table Build #4: table dry fit

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Blog entry by Woodpecker23 posted 06-15-2015 07:55 PM 959 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, today was my first day off my regular job in 7 days so off to the shop I go and hopefully see some progress today. I am posting this as I am in the shop working on it and need a little break to think… the following picture is the beginning stages of the base mock up

In my original plan this is exactly how I had it designed I like the look of it but in the next couple pictures you see I put the table top on (not secured yet, just set it on).

I don’t know what everyone elses thoughts are on this build so far since on all my updates there has yet to be comment lol but I am really diggin the table and how its looking. My only dilemma as of now is when I set the top on the table it seem to be a little wobbly in the joints. It set perfectly on a flat surface with no rocking but just seems wobbly. This could be from not being fully glued and top not attached… This is what I am taking a break from right now, I want to make sure this table is sturdy and I am just running everything through my head trying to think if my final glue and screw with sturdy it up or if I need to add another brace or 2????...... anyone have ideas or thoughts?

Thank you again!

-- measure once, cut twice...swear repeatedly



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DLC

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#1 posted 06-16-2015 11:22 AM

I can imagine that there might be some wobbling, since there’s not much to assist the table in resisting the racking motion. That is, if you push horizontally on either end (not side) of the table, I’m guessing it’s rocking back and forth a bit. I would suggest adding some kind of member to it – the most appropriate would probably be aprons running between the tops of the legs right underneath the table top. Even a relatively narrow apron (like 3 inches) would be a pretty good help. If it were me, I’d probably make it arched so that it would be wider where it meets the legs and narrower in the middle.

-- Daniel, Durham, NC

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#2 posted 06-17-2015 03:53 AM



I can imagine that there might be some wobbling, since there s not much to assist the table in resisting the racking motion. That is, if you push horizontally on either end (not side) of the table, I m guessing it s rocking back and forth a bit. I would suggest adding some kind of member to it – the most appropriate would probably be aprons running between the tops of the legs right underneath the table top. Even a relatively narrow apron (like 3 inches) would be a pretty good help. If it were me, I d probably make it arched so that it would be wider where it meets the legs and narrower in the middle.

- DLC

It is a little hard to notice in the first picture because its sideways and the with the my poor photography skills you cant see it that well but there are two aprons on each side. After posting this blog I did finish up the gluing and screwing and it has help it a ton. I may follow you advice and add some type of arch or cross attached to the legs and the apron also. I just want to make sure this stands the test of time!

-- measure once, cut twice...swear repeatedly

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