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Forum topic by PaulaB posted 09-14-2014 05:40 AM 974 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-14-2014 05:40 AM

Topic tags/keywords: folding legs table question

A friend asked me to build her a 36”x48” table for cutting out quilt tops. Because she is tall, she wants it 38” high. She also wants the legs to fold for storage. To keep the weight down, I was going to use 2×2 for the legs. I ordered posi-lock brackets and installed them today. That table rocked like a baby giraffe on wobbly legs! I anticipated that I might have to put a brace between the legs but now I wonder if that will be enough to make this a steady table. Should i run a brace across near the top AND the bottom? Would appreciate any advice. (The brackets I have will allow me to use a larger leg but I’m not sure that will help.) Thanks!

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#1 posted 09-14-2014 06:33 AM

Triangulate. You want a brace to run from about halfway up each leg to the underside of the table. This will be lighter and much steadier than running braces between the legs. You can use braces that lock onto pegs, and are unlocked and then fold out of the way when you put the table up.

One last thing is if the brackets are the ones I’m thinking of, you will need to shim any “open” space where the leg inserts into the bracket, or you WILL get play in there over time. The snugger the fit between the bracket and the leg, the better.

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