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Game Table with removable Tapered Legs

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Project by David LaBolle posted 07-26-2011 08:54 AM 1946 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed some tables for my students to use during break time. I came up with a design that makes one 90cm by 90cm table with four tapered legs and the underskirts all cut from a single sheet of veneered core board. At first I glued the legs to attach them to the table just inside of a single skirt, but found the tables very difficult to move up and down my stairwells. So I came up with a design where there is a second skirt just inside of the outer skirt allowing the legs to slot in between them with a tight friction fit and no screws. This way the legs are easily removed to carry the tables up and down stairs.

The tapered legs were made by building a long tube-like box 10 cm by 93cm (the width of my coreboard). I then made a jig to cut a taper on that from 3cm from the edge at one to 3cm from the edge at the opposite corner. Using that jig I cut that one box into four tapered legs with two faces at a 90 angle to each other. This made for a very stiff leg. 3cm at the bottom and 7 cm at the top. I then cut down these tapered legs to different lengths for the tables shown. Taller tables to be used with regular chairs, and shorter tables for use with kindergarten size chairs. On the shorter most recent table I decided to stain the wood before adding the light colored edge banding so that the color contrast would accentuate the taper of the legs.

This was my first time ever making tables, I was somewhat nervous going into it, but am fairly satisfied with the results.

How do you all attach legs to tables? Any advice on a simpler stronger way to make them removable?

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for





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Julio

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#1 posted 07-26-2011 11:49 AM

good work David, that way is a great solution

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David LaBolle

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#2 posted 07-26-2011 04:47 PM

126 views, two favorites, and only one comment. I guess that means that no one has a better idea on how to attach plywood legs to a table and have them sturdy, but easily removable.

The goal was to have a decent looking table made from a readily available, fairly cheap, prefab board.

The end result seems to work well, so far. But I’m open to suggestions. It was a lot of work to set up.

I attached the skirts with no screws, very careful measuring to get a tight fit, lots of glue and four five-gallon-water bottles resting on each skirt, inner and outer, placed and glued separately to to give them a solid bond as the glue dried.

I’m open to input on how others would have gone about it. ; ) Or suggestions of other designs of simple decent looking tables made from plywood, or core-board. I still need to make a few more tables. I made them square since a friend pointed out that that way they could be used individually or put together as a larger rectangular table when the need arises.

Comments or suggestions?

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for

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LittlePaw

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#3 posted 07-26-2011 10:23 PM

That’s really a cleaver idea, David. Congratulations! Is this your idea? Has it ever been done before? If it is your idea, you might want to have it patented, before some furniture company start making and selling them!!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#4 posted 07-27-2011 03:46 AM

Yea, it was my idea. Thanks.

On my first two tables I glued the legs just inside the skirt. Then I found those hard to move around the house. I scratched my head a bit and came up with this design for a removable leg. I hadn’t seen it done this way before. The tables I have seen with removable legs had all used some kind of fancy hardware.

Patent? No need. Anyone who wants to give this a go is welcome to it. The skirts I used were 10cm deep. It works quite well. The table is sturdy, and the legs come out easily when needed. I figure within a year I’ll have a pretty good idea of how robust the design of the legs is.

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for

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KOVA

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#5 posted 04-06-2013 06:41 AM

GRANDE DAVID!!!!!!
ESTOY POR HACER UNA MESA PLEGABLE A PARTIR DE
PALLETS RECICLADOS PERO LAS PATAS CALZARÍAN EN UNA
FOSA CON FORMA DE “L” ASÍ GASTO MENOS TABLAS QUE EN TU DISEÑO :-)
TE MANDO UN ABRAZO Y FELICITACIONES AMIGO :-)

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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