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#1 posted 10-13-2016 05:05 PM

Your top isn t very thick, which may cause it to sag in the middle and doesn t leave you much to screw in to. I would probably make it twice as thick and use longer screws.

- mpounders

Without much weight on it you think the poplar would still sag? Would screwing small strips of wood underneath help that?

- Luisdent

You mentioned and 8 year old sitting on it and propping your feet on it! That could be anywhere from 5 to 100 pounds? Aprons are added, with the wood turned on it’s side, to prevent sagging, but that might look funny with the style legs you have. You could just add strips wide enough to mount the plates for the legs and that would add some strength and allow longer screws for the legs. I doubt if you will break the legs or the wood, but I would be worried about pulling the screws out, if I were just mounting them to a 3/4” piece of wood.

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