Stability of splayed legs

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01-12-2010 01:35 AM

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So I am thinking about designing a work table. It seems that most tables I’ve seen have straight plumb legs. I was thinking of making tapered splayed legs. My main concerns are stability, that it looks awesome and that I won’t overcomplicate the design so much that it takes me a year and a half to finish my bench.
I have been looking around for information on the stability of splayed leg designs but have found very little. I just know from this giant swing set looking thing that I built that if I predispose the legs to move in a certain way I only need to secure them in one way. I don’t know. Maybe I haven’t articulated this properly but if you have any thoughts I’d love to hear them.

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#1 posted 02-01-2010 03:48 PM

they do look great, but there is a disadvantage to them, they can get in the way when moving around the table/bench.

Just one thing to think about.

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#2 posted 02-01-2010 04:59 PM

What Nicholas said. Also, consider the physics. With a splayed leg design, more pressure is placed on the joint.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 02-02-2010 07:23 AM

I agree with Nicholas

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#4 posted 02-03-2010 04:14 PM

thanks jim!

thats also a good point charlie, one needs to put in possibly a stretcher somewhere near the bottom, depending on the angle and the amount of strain put on the legs.

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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