Adding a through T&M to table. Bad idea?

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01-05-2014 05:53 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table alder tenon mortise mission

I’ve had great help as I’ve been working out my plan of attack to build the table shown below out of alder:

I’m thinking of altering it by adding through t&m joints with large pins (pegs? don’t know the proper term) for the pieces that join the trestles. This would allow me to disassemble the table for moving. My question or worry is whether I’m weakening the smaller pieces between the legs too much by doing so? Because of the orientation of the cross pieces, it seems like the joints would be vertical (with a horizontal peg) which would eat away much of the dimension of the trestle piece.

Bad idea? Do you think they have a regular t&m joint there?

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#1 posted 01-05-2014 05:59 PM

I built a dining room rabel before using a thru tenon and wedge and it worked fine. Your not going to weaken the stretchers with a mortise.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 01-05-2014 07:40 PM

I, too, think you will be fine. If your nervous about the stretcher being more weak with a larger mortise, just make them a little larger; frankly I don’t think you’ll have a problem.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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