|Forum topic by mtx77||posted 12-13-2012 06:20 PM||2644 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
12-13-2012 06:20 PM
I got this tabletop ive been working on here and there, attaching an apron & legs. I figured it’d be a somewhat easy thing to get back into woodworking.
I guess the pic explains where everything is. The apron is oak and the legs are whatever Lowes calls douglas fir 4×4’s. All the triangular braces on the apron & legs are wood screws, the other screws are going into inserts. It all seems to be working together well. Im putting a single leg in the center as well.
But one thing I didnt realize would happen…4×4’s flex a bit when i push on them. They’re about 32” tall. They’re anchored solid, but the wood itself flexes a bit. The tabletop is 1 1/4 solid oak, 12’ x 4’. Its really really heavy. Its going to be a workbench and my concern is if I can move the legs a bit by hand, it’ll move around alot when the tabletop is being used.
So how to strengthen up the legs? I was thinking braces like this:
Yes? No? I’d like the brace up as high as possible so its not in the way (I may not put one of the front-facing sides actually) but not sure how high I can go and have it still be effective. Im going to stain & poly it all in a shade as close to the tabletop as I can so i care a bit how it looks, but functionality is more important than looks in the end.