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10-06-2015 02:19 AM

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Hi everyone,

I’m new to this, both the forum and woodworking. I’ve built a bookcase (floor to ceiling with diamond shaped cubbies), but that’s it.

I’ve decided to build this table: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,20438427,00.html

The wood isn’t cheap, so I don’t want to experiment and ruin it. I’m starting slow, and I’m on Step 3 (http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/step/0,,20438427_20870497,00.html), but I’m a little confused and I’m hoping someone with more experience could shed some light.

The instructions indicate to “[drive] 3-inch deck screws through the top corners of the corbel and into the post’. I’m not sure what they mean by the “top cornes of the corbel”.

Also, once I’ve done the 5/8” hole in the corbel at a 45 degree angle, and I put the 3/8” lag screw in will I be able to sink the lag screw in far enough that it isn’t protruding from the bottom?

Sorry for the stupid questions, but as I said, I don’t want to ruin the wood with experimenting because of vague instructions. I do have some extra wood at home to experiment on, but I’m hoping for some tips.

Thanks!


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#1 posted 10-06-2015 05:27 AM

The instructions indicate to “[drive] 3-inch deck screws through the top corners of the corbel and into the post’. I’m not sure what they mean by the “top cornes of the corbel”.

Youre just putting 3” screws in the corners. Take a look at step 5 photo, it shows the 3” screws on the corners.

Also, once I’ve done the 5/8” hole in the corbel at a 45 degree angle, and I put the 3/8” lag screw in will I be able to sink the lag screw in far enough that it isn’t protruding from the bottom?

I may be wrong but I think they omitted a step. The 5/8” hole with a spade bit is simply acting as a counterbore for the lag screw (if you dont know what a counterbore is, do a quick google search). Where I think they missed a step is that on that counterbore you need to drill a smaller clearance hole for the lag screw. You should counterbore deep enough with the spade bit so that enough of the lagscrew protrudes out and screws into the post.

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#2 posted 11-22-2015 02:59 PM

Thanks for the advice rg33!

I stumbled through the rest of their instructions and ended up with a table! It’s not level, but it is pretty darn close and I’m proud of it for my first table.

I will say they didn’t discuss dimensions well in the instructions so i winged it. I ended up leaving the 4×8 sheet of plywood intact for the table top, and that is kind of large for a table.

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