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Forum topic by Karda posted 02-11-2017 07:44 AM 496 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-11-2017 07:44 AM

Hi I have a 13” x 43” table top I built out of 2×4s and planks. the top will be heavy but narrow. What woulf b a good way to support this. I am going to use it for a small wood lathe. the lathe weighs 80 pound. Any suggestions

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#1 posted 02-11-2017 05:57 PM

If your aprons are 2×4’s are on edge, you shouldn’t need any additional support for that size/weight.

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#2 posted 02-11-2017 06:00 PM

If you’re asking about the legs, I would say make them splayed out a bit like a sawhorse because otherwise the whole thing might be a bit tippy.

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#3 posted 02-11-2017 07:26 PM

ok thanks

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#4 posted 02-12-2017 02:07 AM

I don’t think your table will be stable unless you tie it to a wall. It is just too narrow. You can either put legs on it and shove it against the wall or actually mount the table to the wall without any legs if the situation allows it.

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#5 posted 02-12-2017 02:44 AM

I was wondering if I could use the wall, it is block with a block beam support creating a corner. how would you tie into a block wall

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#6 posted 02-12-2017 09:11 PM

A picture would help, but if it’s masonry block, using Tapcon screws to attache some mounting blocks to the wall should let you tie the table to the wall fairly simply.

Also, I wouldn’t go without legs. During normal use a lathe will have vibrations and you don’t want to end up with some kind of failure later where the whole assembly falls of the wall.

Tied to the wall, you shouldn’t have to splay the legs. Also, you can enclose the legs as storage at some point in the future.


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#7 posted 02-12-2017 09:46 PM

Legs with feet like this, you can extend the feet, make them longer then the bench is wide, for added stability.

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#8 posted 02-12-2017 10:04 PM

thanks that gives me a lot to think about, I could use feet up to 2 feet long. I like the design of the work bench you posted that is an idea. here is a picture of where I want to ut it.

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