pedestal/column joiner to table top?

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Forum topic by Ben posted 08-15-2010 06:16 PM 1136 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-15-2010 06:16 PM

i’m building something like this:

here’s the bottom:

i’m wondering, is that cross piece under the table simply screwed into to the end grain of the pedestals?
what’s going on at the bottom? it looks like either a tenon or a bolt from underneath.

i was thinking of turning a 2” long tenon at the bottom, sliding it through the base, and wedging it.
is this overkill?

at the top i was thinking of leaving it square and sandwiching a cross piece on either side, boards on edge, gluing and screwing.

how would you guys do this? the simpler the better, as long as it’s strong. and i have no problem using screws.

thanks a lot.

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#1 posted 08-18-2010 10:56 PM

I would assume by the picture that the top and bottom have tenons to account for wood movement to keep from splitting. If the pedestals are going to be screw to the top stretcher I would use plywood to avoid splitting from wood movement. If it was me I’d wedge the tenons as you were thinking, I’d be afraid the screws would strip out of the end grain.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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