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08-24-2013 08:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: leg legs bow bowing beech question modern

I’m thinking about putting together a custom bar-height table for group projects. I really like the look of butcher block, and I’m thinking about getting a piece of beech 25” wide x 96” long (and 1.5” thick).

I’m going to order 40” tall hairpin legs (‘three-rod’ style) made of 1/2” steel. The question is, if I’m going to prevent the tabletop from bowing, can I get away with just 4 legs?


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#1 posted 08-24-2013 08:40 PM

I doubt it but I suppose anything is possible. !.5 inches is too thin to hold stable and span 8 ft.

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#2 posted 08-25-2013 02:32 AM

Fair enough. What if I moved the legs in 1 ft on either side and 6” from each edge? (see attached image).

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#3 posted 08-25-2013 08:13 AM

To use a boat term, you could put a keel on the underside of the table, down the center line. Add to this keel some halflapped frames that are tapered at the ends. If this were to be epoxied to the top it should be stabile enough.

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#4 posted 08-25-2013 09:52 PM

There you go. From the original boat builder!!

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