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Forum topic by GerardW posted 404 days ago 1125 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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GerardW

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404 days ago

So I’m partway into this coffee table and looking for a little structural advice. The aprons connect to the leg with mortise and tenons (but haven’t been glued yet). The first question is if I need some corner bracing like a piece cut at a 45 in each corner (and if so how to connect that to the aprons). The second question is about a center brace/stretcher. One of the longer aprons (54”) has developed a pretty serious curve. If I connected it to a center stretcher, that should straighten it right? And how to connect that?

My first hardwood table project so help is appreciated!

-- Gerard in Bowie MD


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#1 posted 403 days ago

Bump- no love for this question?

-- Gerard in Bowie MD

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#2 posted 403 days ago

I give it a try.

45 corners , use a wood block and you can put a hanger bolt on to keep the leg tight. Screw them into the aprons.

Twisted apron. If you put in a dovetailed center stretcher, it may relive the torsion in the wood, it may make it worse.

If the apron is twisting now, I would consider a remake. Sorry. Or mill some shallow cuts on the back side, clamp it flat and fill with thick epoxy, then edge band the lower edge.

Keep us updated on what you did.

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#3 posted 403 days ago

if the joinery is done right, you don’t really need a corner brace, but if you want, it will add more rigidity. screwing those on (no glue) would probably be best.

as for center brace – a sliding dovetail would be the way to go, then once aprons are in legs, simply slide it into the 2 aprons to keep them inline. as mentioned above -this would be a good option if your apron is bowing or cupping, but if you have a twist then this may not resolve everything and you could potentially still end up with an unsquare/unflat table.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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