|Forum topic by ruthie||posted 03-08-2010 09:49 AM||9046 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
03-08-2010 09:49 AM
In the construction of a pedestal base for a large dining/poker table for my young-adult daughter, I used four “pine rounds” (1.25” thick edge-glued pine panel cut into 15” diameter circles), mainly for the decorative effect. The 4 circles were stacked and used as a middle section of the pedestal…
I joined the stack together by inserting 4 wooden dowel rods, evenly spaced, through all 4 pieces, ending in the bottom “round.” I also used glue on the surfaces of the four rounds. Both the top and bottom rounds were screwed to their adjacent sections of the pedestal. Well, after several years of use, the table suffered a little unforeseen assault! During her absence, my daughter’s dining room ceiling fell onto one edge of the table top!! (Broken water pipe and flooding in the room above.) The table’s pedestal snapped in two. Yikes! The dowels pulled out of the bottom pine round, as shown here…
In putting it back together, I would like to drill channels a few inches from each wooden dowel, and drop in some steel rods (“dowels”) for added strength. I would extend these all the way through the four pine rounds, and into the end grain of hidden 2×4’s (behind each fluted panel where the feet are located). Here’s my question: Would this “brilliant idea” be in reality asking for more trouble? Would this invite potential cracking because of wood movement and steel rod “unforgivingness”!? Should I forget the steel rods, simply re-glue everything, and just keep it away from falling ceilings? Any ideas are appreciated. Thanks!