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JoeBiscuit

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05-09-2016 02:36 AM

Hello I am a newbie to this forum. I am in the process of building a hall table / sofa table. Here is the problem, I am just about done and ready to put the finishing touch on it and it is rather wiggly from left to right. I Custom designed it with all mortise and tenon joints with no mechanical fasteners except to hold on the top. So I am looking for any ideas on how to reduce the wiggle.


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#1 posted 05-09-2016 10:28 AM

Angle braces are the obvious solution but I assume you’re looking for an alternative? You could use small ones hidden up near the top of the leg to the top of the frame. Or if you don’t want the angle look, square blocks at the top of the legs fixed to both the leg and the frame would help a little.

Stylish cables tensioned between the four corners of the frame could look alright too? Looks awesome so far anyway

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#2 posted 05-09-2016 01:27 PM

The aprons and/or stretchers are the two members that prevent racking.

Two comments regarding design?

1. May be the angle of the pic, but I wonder if the aprons are too narrow. How wide are they?
2. The stretcher should be higher and little wider.

Fixes:

1. Angle blocks between apron and top. Keep wood movement in mind.
2. Add/widen the existing apron using pocket screws. You could leave a space as a design element.
3. Some type of angle braces but I think they would detract from the design.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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rwe2156

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#3 posted 05-09-2016 03:19 PM

The aprons and/or stretchers are the two members that prevent racking.

Two comments regarding design:

1. May be the angle of the pic, but it appears the aprons are too narrow.
2. The bottom stretcher should be higher and little wider.

Possble fixes:

1. Angle blocks between apron and top. Keep wood movement in mind.
2. Add/widen the existing apron using pocket screws. You could leave a space as a design element.
3. Some type of angle braces but I think they would detract from the design.

Hope this helps

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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bbc557ci

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#4 posted 05-09-2016 05:31 PM

Pretty simple solution….. Might add a stretcher at the center. Wider at the ends the better.

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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JoeBiscuit

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#5 posted 05-09-2016 07:57 PM

Well guys the suggestions tha you have given are all very good. O think I might add a larger stretcher in the middle and may add a small shelf on it. Maybe add a shelf to beef up the stretcher. I will add the pics to this post once I am done creating it. Thank you for all your input.

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