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Forum topic by KelleyCrafts posted 10-13-2016 07:32 PM 523 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-13-2016 07:32 PM

Hey guys, I’m starting on our dining room table this weekend and have created a few designs. My wife was bouncing around the net and saw this table and loves the legs. What I don’t understand is the legs go down from the table top with vertical grain the connect to a piece that’s cross grain so it appears the entire glue joint would be end grain to side grain. How can this be strong? I had drawn this up a couple different ways on my notepad and figure it can be done with some mortise and tenons but wanted to see if I was missing something.

I’ll start this weekend with the benches she wants for the table so I can see if the joinery works out like planned. The benches will have the same legs.

That’s the only image we found online, you will have to zoom in on the legs. Wish I had a better photo.


-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#1 posted 10-13-2016 09:03 PM

ki7hy, I think you are correct that M&T would be a great starting point. It could also be done as bridle joints or you could go crazy and use a Domino. haha

I would be cautious with that leg design on a bench because it would be very easy to tip. Good luck with your project.

-- Art

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#2 posted 10-13-2016 09:10 PM

I’d think m&t would work fine. With the legs splayed inwards like that, the weight will be pushing the joints together rather than trying to separate them anyway. So with no force acting to pull them apart, I wouldn’t be too concerned with the strength at the bottom. The top of the legs will see most of the force.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 10-13-2016 09:11 PM

Thanks Art, I was going to treat it like a breadboard end mostly. Should do fine. Along with the trestle across the bottom I plan to build a small frame on the top to hold the top of the bench seat/table so the whole thing will get support in several places.

They cut the horizontal grain piece at an angle as well which probably adds to the strength of the thing to hold weight. Starting with the bench seat will determine if it’s strong and I’ll waste far less material this way if it isn’t. I might be over thinking this.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#4 posted 10-13-2016 09:19 PM

Thanks Kenny. I’ll see how it goes. I have some 8/4 eucalyptus and cottonwood that will hopefully make this thing a winner. Mine will be about 7’ long, unlike the pictures one.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#5 posted 10-14-2016 12:11 AM

Mortise and tenon would be very strong also same for bridle joints.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#6 posted 10-14-2016 03:38 AM

Think I’m going to do the mortise and tenon except I’ll make the mortise and tenon go most of the way down the leg where the horizontal piece starts and through the bottom like tongue and groove but deeper of course. This way I can slide the bottom piece up onto the leg, then I’ll put a small mortise and tenon at the top of the horizontal piece as well that will fit in when I slide the horizontal piece up the legs.

Or is this overkill? Definitely makes it tougher to build.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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