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Forum topic by smartlikestick posted 09-16-2009 03:40 AM 1281 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2009 03:40 AM

Topic tags/keywords: design coffee table hickory poplar legs

Hey all….

I am in the process of designing a new coffee table for our front room. The inspiration for the design comes from Kaleo’s “Wrapped Table”.

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My plan is to have the top made from hickory and be about 30”x48”, with the legs being either ash or poplar died black, offsetting the hickory. The wrapped legs I’m planning will be 3/4” x 3” wide and be joined with finger joints. I have the design basically complete, but am wondering how stable the table will be? With the top being solid wood, I need to allow it to move as required with humidity changes. If I provide slotted holes in the leg assembly, screwed to the table top, do you think that this will provide enough stability to the table?


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#1 posted 09-16-2009 03:59 AM


In the picture, it looks like there is a cross member under the table top as well? If there is, you could use that as a secondary member to strengthen the legs/joints. As far as movement of the top, you might consider a dovetail in the top cross member that engages a dovetail slot across the top while being secured at one end. I would also use ash as opposed to poplar for the legs.

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#2 posted 09-16-2009 04:08 AM

I was thinking of something along that line for my glass top table. Now I see it’s already been done :-((

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#3 posted 09-16-2009 04:10 AM

I agree with using ash rather then poplar. My choice would be oak. Thirty x 40 inches should be pretty stable. I would use several #14 screws with fender washers from underneath and slot the holes away from the center.

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#4 posted 09-16-2009 06:25 AM

Unique design well done

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#5 posted 09-16-2009 02:52 PM


Yes. A slotted hole for a screw will work fine. But Sam’s idea is interesting. Cross cutting a dovetail mortise in the table top and a sliding dove tail tenon in your support pieces would remove the metal from the table and let the top move with the seasons. That might just be an extra slick idea there.

One more thought. If you wanted to use screws (I probably would… easy/fast/strong) you could cut the slotted holes in the table top. You could cut a stepped slot so that you could fit a screw and maybe a washer completely inside the slot and screw it to the support piece. Then when the assembly is finished the screws are completely hidden from all possible angles.


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