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04-02-2013 08:37 AM

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Hi All,

I recently picked up a HUGE conference table top (about 4’ x 14’). However – it did not come with legs & therefore I’m in the middle of trying to design some. My favorite idea so far is to create two “V” shaped legs and connect them at the bottom of the “V” to provide extra stability (see highlighted (red box) section of picture below). However, with my limited woodworking skill-set, I’m not sure of how to actually construct something like this. I would like to get some feedback on best construction practices to create something like this. Please keep in mind, the simpler the joins the better!

The other picture is my fall back plan of creating a basic frame and then putting 6 large legs on it.

 photo table_legs_zps4be3a330.png

Thank you!


-- Joe

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#1 posted 04-02-2013 11:39 AM

If you use the design with the V’s, you’re going to have feet on those every time someone sits there. The finish will be marred over and over and the wood will be rounded over on the edges. With such a long table, I think you need the legs midway to keep it from sagging. Or maybe put a spine down the length with one leg in the very middle. That would preclude someone in the very center of the table from bumping his knees as he sits.

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#2 posted 04-02-2013 01:36 PM

Please keep in mind, the simpler the joins the better

That leaves out plan A. Go with plan B, but use mortise and tenon joinery.

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#3 posted 04-02-2013 02:11 PM

I like the V – but you will still need a center support on a 14 foot table or it will sag…or break when someone decides to stand on it.
(e.g. to hang a projector from the ceiling in the conference room :-) )

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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#4 posted 04-02-2013 02:23 PM

I like plan B but, I would add an apron around perimiter locking the table top to the leg structure with figure 8 fastners or, after creating a slot in the top of apron add wooden buttons that engage the slot and, screw the leg structure to the top.

-- If I cut it too short I can scab a piece on, but if it's too long what do I do?

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#5 posted 04-04-2013 05:17 PM

Thanks everyone for your ideas! After thinking about it some more, I think I’ll go with the following modified design:

 photo TableLegDesign2_zpsd6448349.png

It will have 6 table legs with supporting structure. Now I have to figure out what size table leg will look “natural” attached to such a huge table.

I’m hoping to start work on this in the next month or so – I will attempt to post pictures once it’s done.

-- Joe

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