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MOJOE

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12-05-2018 11:44 PM

Picked up a nice white oak slab a week ago, about 2”x18”x60”. It’ll need a little flattening and some voids filled, but should be a pretty straight forward build. Here’s my question…...does anyone have any experience with the sets of legs that look like flat steel stock bent into the shape up a “U” with short returns at the top for attaching to the underside of the slab? I like the look and simplicity of this design, however, I worry about lateral stability…..are these types of legs stable in both directions???

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#1 posted 12-06-2018 06:18 PM

I have no experience with these, but I would have serious reservations about using these without some kind of bracing or stretchers. Tables get a lot of wracking forces and all you have is the fasteners to resist them.

Perhaps this bump will get you other opinions.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#2 posted 12-06-2018 10:23 PM

Yes. I’ve done it. Drill a pilot hole and use the fattest stubby lag bolts you can that will fit through the holes in the legs. I made one for my son and daughter-in-law. They use it as a bench and a coffee table in their condo where space is at a premium. His friends were college football players and a linebacker and running back can sit on it at the same time and play X-box. Gotta be 450lbs at least. Solid as a rock. No braces. Asked her to send me a pic. Will post. Only difference I can see is that my legs are one square piece but don’t think that will matter. You can see on the underside pics that I was originally going to put the legs closer together but spread them out so it wouldn’t tip if somebody sat on the edge.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#3 posted 12-06-2018 10:26 PM

Appreciate the insight, and look forward to seeing the pic!

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#4 posted 12-06-2018 10:42 PM


Appreciate the insight, and look forward to seeing the pic!

- MOJOE


Posted. She was at home. Although, notice that mine have 5 or six holes for lag bolts. If you don’t already have the legs get them instead. if it’s going to be a table only you are good to go.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#5 posted 12-06-2018 10:49 PM

Nice! Thanks!

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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