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Forum topic by michael10101 posted 01-19-2016 06:45 PM 512 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2016 06:45 PM

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Howdy everyone,

I’m trying to design a solid wood table and have been having problems dealing with the joinery. The rails are going to be joining the runner at an angle which makes accommodating wood expansion difficult without using very obvious hardware, which I’m trying to avoid. I think I’ve solved the problem by screwing the table down to the runner, but securing the rails using a sliding dovetail “cleat.” The cleat would be screwed to the top and the leg “slid” over it and the mortise glued in place. There would likely be another one on the leg. Would this provide enough structural support or am I making my life exceptionally difficult?

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#1 posted 01-19-2016 08:48 PM

Is that big beam going to run down the center of the table? and yes, I think the design is overly complicated unless I am failing to understand the problem. Why not use figure eight table fasteners on the top of the legs?

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#2 posted 01-19-2016 10:03 PM

Yes, the big beam is running down the center of the table. I planned on screwing in to the top and then covering w/ plugs. I am trying to do the work w/o visible hardware, but alas I think figure eights will likely have to do the work.. Thanks Bondo.

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