|Forum topic by CBC_North||posted 08-04-2013 11:24 AM||1515 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
08-04-2013 11:24 AM
Fairly new to woodworking and am looking to take on a fairly large project. I’m looking to build a gaming table and have decided to design my own based heavily off the geek chiq “vizier” gaming table:
I’m currently laying out the plans for the table in sketchup. I’m fairly inexperienced in joinery and am looking to get some opinions on what the best way to join some of parts would be. Despite my inexperience I would rather take some time and learn to get this completed in the “best” way, even it that isn’t the easiest for a newbie.
Below is an overall picture of the design so far. The structure of each side is basically made of two boards joined along their edge at a 90 degree angle. Hinged desks can help add strength to this structure but my main concern is how to make the joint along edge “A”. Edge “B” is less important structurally but still needs to be joined to attach the sides of the table to the end.
I’ve exploded some of the parts in the next picture. I wanted to show my thoughts on how to attach the table legs while still allowing them to be removable. I came up with two sliding dovetails on each leg. I would not use glue on the joints but instead pin it in with some dowels. That way they could be removed in the event that I needed to move the table through a door when I move. The dowels would not bear any weight, they would just be there to make sure the legs couldn’t slide out when the table was lifted (even though it shouldn’t if the dovetails are tight) Just wondering what you think of this plan, or if you know of a better way.
Finally, I have a close up of the hinged desks. Again I’m planning on using a sliding dovetail to attach the uprights to the main structure of the table at edge “D”. If I use the sliding dovetail on “D”, what would be the best way to make the join at edge “F”?
Thanks in advance for your input.
Edit: Resized the pictures as they got butchered when I linked them.