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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 10-19-2013 06:37 PM 688 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RussellAP

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10-19-2013 06:37 PM

Originally this table was going to have the legs going the other way, curving inward, but you know how a little lax moment and a backward cut can change everything. I must assume this table had other idea’s.

Anyway, I’ve certainly never seen anything like it. So I come to you, the brethren to keep me on the straight an narrow.

The legs are too close together, (the space between is 5” so with the 2” legs it’s a total of 9” wide at the floor), so I’m entertaining idea’s on how to give it a larger footprint without making it look horrible.

Between the legs are three 3.5” boards connecting front to back and there will be a 5/4 lower walnut shelf.

Opinions?

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#1 posted 10-19-2013 07:53 PM

One way cut the legs right below the shelf, then turn them in the direction you originally wanted it, then dowel and glue in the new orintation to the shelf itself..

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#2 posted 10-19-2013 08:05 PM

Great thinking Hobby1. Even if I don’t do exactly that, I’ve got a new direction to look at now.

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#3 posted 10-19-2013 08:23 PM

Sometimes it takes a fresh thought to get out of a rut, glad you got some fresh ideas to work with now.

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#4 posted 10-19-2013 08:28 PM

Hi Russ
Excuse the criticism but I don’t believe the legs are secure enough even if the were farther apart. Legs get a lot of stress on them and a couple dowels mitered on angled end grain will not make the grade IMO. I would feel better if the were bolted and screwed to the in side of what would called and apron on a table. I know this change would change the design your going for but form should follow function. Some times when we experiment with designs that there just isn’t a good save to make the piece do what you want. I’ve learned over the years to mock up design ideas in cheep material like MDF or pine before using my more expensive material . I hope I haven’t offended you by being so frank.

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#5 posted 10-19-2013 08:29 PM

How about if you make the top curve “upwards” – I mean so that the top is flat and sharp at the edges and the underside is beveled. Instead of now that it is rounded at the top and repeat the shape of the legs.

This wil give more air to the table and make it seem to reach higher.

Sorry for my poor techinical english. Does this make sense?

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#6 posted 10-19-2013 08:54 PM

A1Jim, The legs are screwed in, and with three pieces joining the front legs to the back on each side, plus another shelf going in, it’s very secure.

I just couldn’t make the apron and the legs fit conventionally together. Remember this is a design change on the fly due to cutting the top of the legs wrong.

I like the idea of the lower shelf also being the bottom of the table. I can make it much wider and more stable. I’ll work on it next week and show you what I have in mind.

And I don’t use dowels, they are just screw covers.

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#7 posted 10-19-2013 08:55 PM

I hope you get it all worked out Russ.

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#8 posted 10-19-2013 08:56 PM

kaerlighedsbamsen, The top is already finished. It’s rounded over top and bottom, so your idea wont work on this one, but I’ll keep it in mind.

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#9 posted 10-20-2013 01:09 AM

You could attach the legs together at their lower ends via a trestle. Oval shaped cross sectioned perhaps. This would give the legs support strength as well as give the table some unique design appeal. I’d go with a darker grain for the trestle.

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#10 posted 10-20-2013 01:30 AM

Russell, are the legs permanently attached? I seem to remember a steam unit you had talked about. Could you do a bit of creative bending here? The issue is you would have to do it twice the same and twice the same mirrored.

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