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Forum topic by Will Merrit posted 11-22-2016 05:52 AM 734 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Will Merrit

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11-22-2016 05:52 AM

Good evening

I have a question about apron thickness. I have to build a 10’ dining room table. The base will be all redoak and the top is fairly light heart pine.
The redoak I bought is 5/4. I jointed and planed it down. To 1” the legs will be 3×3 redoak post.

Is the 1” apron with a tenon into the legs going to be sturdy enough?


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DirtyMike

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#1 posted 11-22-2016 06:17 AM

1 inch should be good for thickness but What will be the height of the apron? In my experience proper bracing and joinery are what can make a good table great. a table that racks is no bueno.

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#2 posted 11-22-2016 09:37 AM

Will be fine.

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#3 posted 11-22-2016 10:53 AM

For a span that long and maybe 3” allowable for apron width, I would double the thickness.

The last thing you want a year down the road is a sagging top.

Or how about 350# uncle Billy leaning on the middle of the table while you watch it sag from the other end?

Its too simple not to do so for me its a no brainer.

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

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#4 posted 11-22-2016 11:23 AM

Will, I’ll second the 3” wide apron with a thickness of at least 1-1/2” ... and I’ll assume there will be at least two cross members, right?

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#5 posted 11-22-2016 12:14 PM

The apron height is 4.5” there will be at least 3 horizontal braces. It takes awhile to get a 5/4 board down to 1” of usable material. Plus I hate to use that much redoak. I was hoping that the 1” would be fine.

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#6 posted 11-22-2016 12:31 PM



The apron height is 4.5” there will be at least 3 horizontal braces. It takes awhile to get a 5/4 board down to 1” of usable material. Plus I hate to use that much redoak. I was hoping that the 1” would be fine.

- Will Merrit

Well … that shed a different light … 4-1/2×1 with 3 horizontal braces would do the trick in my book … go for it!
Do you really have a 350 lb. Uncle Billy?

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Will Merrit

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#7 posted 11-22-2016 12:42 PM

Uncle billy ain’t too large bUT I am. I was a college football left tackle. I tip the scale at about 300. Haha.

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#8 posted 11-22-2016 12:43 PM

Ron,

I appreciate the help man. One question. How should I attach the braces? M&T dadoez ?

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#9 posted 11-22-2016 12:54 PM


Ron, I appreciate the help man. One question. How should I attach the braces? M&T dadoez ?

- Will Merrit

Thanks for asking, Will. Given that you have an oak base and heart pine top (interesting combo by the way) ... how about a through mortise and tenon with a couple of wedges? Might be a nice little detail … especially with three cross braces.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Bill White

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#10 posted 11-22-2016 03:19 PM

Dang Will!! You’re a big boy.
I’m not your Uncle Billy, but how are the plane irons holding up?
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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