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Forum topic by RT31 posted 03-17-2014 04:56 AM 446 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RT31

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03-17-2014 04:56 AM

Hi everyone

I have a small problem and am looking for advice.

I am building a dining room table for my house. My wife showed me a picture of a table she liked and asked if i could make something similar so of course i said yes. The table she showed me had the aprons on the outside of the legs, sitting on a rabbet it seemed. So thats what i did. The aprons are on the outside of the legs, they are flush with the legs and are mitered together at the ends. (i’ll try and take pictures tomorrow if that will help) Oh and the top is cut flush with the apron.

Now my problem is ALL the aprons are bowed out in the middle. The table is rock solid with no rock or racking even without the top. Measured diagonally, it is perfectly square. But measured across there is a 1/2 to 3/4 inch increase in the middle of the aprons compared to measuring at the ends.

How should i get rid of this bow? would it be ok if i cut a piece of wood to fit and toe screw it in place, sucking the aprons in. Or is that a ticking time bomb? Should i plane the middles of the apron down or will that comprise the strength of the table? What should i do?


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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 03-17-2014 05:23 AM

Add a couple stretchers across the table to stiffen it up. They are just like aprons, but on the inside of the existing aprons. You can attach it with pocket screws.

Also, you can attach the top with figure 8 fasteners which will help stabilize the aprons.

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#2 posted 03-17-2014 05:55 AM

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#3 posted 03-17-2014 07:59 AM

+1 also on the stretchers. More support is always good.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 03-17-2014 01:07 PM

Another +1 on the stretcher(s) and pocket screws to attach. Or you could use small corner or angle brackets to attach.

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#5 posted 03-17-2014 04:03 PM

+1 with all above!

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#6 posted 03-17-2014 04:12 PM

Lets see IF I can find a couple photos

Ah, there’s one.

A detail shot, of how I attach to the top of the tables. Slotted hole holds a screw that goes into the table’s top

Yep, just add a stretcher across from front to back.

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