Best Practice For Joining Legs

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Forum topic by JackInGalway posted 03-12-2011 02:21 AM 832 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-12-2011 02:21 AM

Hi To All
I cut the angle at 52dg for the legs of this flower trough and as a result the legs won’t stay in one place.

I placed a 12mm bolt joining the legs and tightened it down fast several times, but still moves a bit and doesn’t feel safe.
Originally I was gonna cut a 45dg angle for the legs however I didn’t want to chance the wind knocking the trough over.
So, the question is what would be the best practice for this type of situation?
1.) Place two 6mm bolts in legs to lock them in place?
2.) Metal brackets? (as in pix)
3.) Bigger piece of triangle to attach both legs to this piece?
4.) Metal plate running horizontally between both legs? (red line in pix)
5.) None of the above :(

I like num. 4, but what do I know I got myself into this.

I want to build a few more, as a few people have mentioned how nice this one looks.
Needless to state I haven’t been at woodworking very long but I keep getting a little better w/ each project or two completed.
Any and all suggestions are most welcome, thanks in advance… Jack



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#1 posted 03-12-2011 02:39 AM

I would say number 4 although I can not see the red line in the pictures. I would run a metal strap from leg to leg half way between the pivot bolt and the angle that rests on the floor. It should attach on the inside of one leg and the outside of the other.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#2 posted 03-12-2011 01:06 PM

Hi Ya’ oluf
Thanks, if I place the strap up higher – nearer to the bolt – it would be more out of the line of sight.
Do you think the stress would be too much on the connection to place the strap higher.
Also would you use bolts or screws to hold the strap?
The red line is in the middle pix, near the bottom. .... Jack

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