|Forum topic by Jacquelyn Smith||posted 11-09-2011 10:13 PM||3068 views||1 time favorited||10 replies|
11-09-2011 10:13 PM
Here is my table I call Mondrian Inspiration. I removed beams from my home to make more room for my shop. He, he! Milled to discover beautiful clear grain in most. I laminated the ones with knots with cvg pieces taken from the good beams.
Inlaid with Walnut and Cherry.
This is incredibly strong. I made a through spline one each end and created a bolt system holding the ends on. The legs are removable. I made steel plates and mounted them to the tops of the legs, threaded inserts into the table top. The steel plate is recessed and supports the body of the table as well.This has worked out perfectly as the top of this table is incredibly heavy! Moving it to a trade show, the shop, and back has told me exactly what I needed to know about having the legs be removed.
The plugs on the ends are removable access to the threaded rod and bolts. The rod is about 16” long and runs down the center of the 2 1/4” thick top. I anchored the rods with washers and nuts embedded in epoxy. The channel the rod sets in allows it to move back and forth as the main body of the table expands and contracts. The breadboard ends are glued on in the center only, then the spline and these bolts hold it to the table and in alignment. I made the interior of the breadboard end slightly curved so that when I glued on the pieces they would be compressed at the outer edges of the top. Everything worked like a dream. It is solid as a rock. Looking like it will indeed last generations.
Thanks for the input! This is such a great group of people to share ideas with!