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10-26-2010 04:51 PM

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Can anyone tell me what kind of table leg design this is in the pic below? I’m thinking about building something similar, but want to do some research on the best way to fasten the legs. I’d prefer to use brackets (if I can find something that will work) so I can remove the legs if needed, but I’m not set in stone.

This is one of my first projects like this, so I want to keep iit simple in design and materials for a learning process.

Basic overview of what I’m thinking: table top about 7ft x 40inch x 30inch high (for a dining room), will probably use a piece of plywood for the top (I don’t have jointer right now, plus it’d be cheaper considering this is more a “practice project”).

I think I understand the basic physics of the leg & support, but I haven’t been able to find much about “rules” with the span or angles with this type of design… but I’m mainly interested in the best way to attach the legs to the table.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

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#1 posted 10-27-2010 04:10 AM

Because the leg, the support and the top form a triangle, you can pin them and let them pivot, and they’ll lock themselves into a rigid triangle. If the “thickness” of the top is formed by a vertical piece, creating a hollow underneath the table, you could attach brackets on either side of the leg and support to sandwich them. If you glue all four legs in a jig to freeze them to the same angle, then locating the blocks in the corners would be pretty easy. Removable pins would also allow the table to be broken down to make moving it easier.

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#2 posted 10-27-2010 04:47 AM

Hey thanks! I didn’t think of pins – good idea.

I also like the idea of the jig. I’ll probably use edged plywood, so the top would be hollow. I could make the leg blocks removeable via screws as well.

Thanks again.

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