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Forum topic by GrizzlyBagWorks posted 10-04-2015 09:22 PM 378 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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GrizzlyBagWorks

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10-04-2015 09:22 PM

Hi Guys,

So I’m in the process of making some custom walnut and copper tables for some industrial sewing machines we have. On previous versions I’ve simply brazed together steel tubing and bolted it to the walnut butcher block tops. My wife wanted a table with copper legs so I built the setup below. It’s surprisingly strong but now I’m having a problem coming up with a good way to attach the table top to the legs.

Initially I was thinking of just using metal strapping, riveting the strapping to the legs at the 90 degree elbow and then screw the strapping to the table tops. I’m not sure that it’s the best approach though.

Then I thought I’d make some walnut blocks, cut a circle in them to slip around the 90 degree elbow and screw those to the top. Then maybe drilling through the block and the elbow and putting in a compression pin just to keep it from twisting if the table top was hit from the side.

Do you guys have an experience with this or any recommendations? Any input is appreciated. Thanks so much!

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GrizzlyBagWorks

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#1 posted 10-04-2015 10:07 PM

I just realized that the my description of the bracket may have been a little confusing so I decided to do a quick ‘prototype’ of it in the garage.

Initially I was thinking of running a compression pin all the way through but rather than do that I think I’d mount the brackets on the table, get everything square as possible and then drill from the bottom and tap threads for a small machine screw. That would hold the bracket in place but I don’t really think it will provide much in the way of preventing it from rocking side to side, which is primary concern.

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#2 posted 10-05-2015 01:10 AM

Remember to leave room for your table top to expand and contract with seasonal humidity changes.

For that reason, I would not attach the bracket to the pipe, but instead, screw up into the table and let the bracket “slide” slightly on the pipe as the top moves.

I don’t quite get what the “rocking” issue is that concerns you

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#3 posted 10-05-2015 01:13 AM

Your walnut brackets should work fine, as would something like this:

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