46" x 46" table with three metal legs, should I use cleats for flatness?

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Forum topic by shwoodnt posted 11-21-2016 04:59 AM 476 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-21-2016 04:59 AM

This ash table was a drop leaf with a 24×46 center and leaves each 11×46. I had a shop join the leaves to the center so I could cut off one of the corners to allow better traffic flow through the kitchen.

Those are the metal legs I expect to use on the table. They are made to have screws hold them to the table.

The legs are sitting on what will become the top of the table.

Should I screw those to an additional piece of wood and then use that piece of wood as a cleat to keep the table top flat?

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#1 posted 11-21-2016 12:50 PM

Originally the main center section had an apron, but it was screwed on. The screws didn’t seem to have oversized shank holes to allow for movement. The two drop down leaves didn’t have cleats.

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