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Forum topic by dan_fash posted 05-01-2015 10:06 PM 660 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dan_fash

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05-01-2015 10:06 PM

Ok LJ’s. I would appreciate your help. I’m building a trestle table for a friend. The top is 6/4 oak slab, built up from 8” wide boards, without an apron. The top is 40×75”. He asked if it was possible to make the top removable, for moving (military family). I’m a bit unsure of how to accomplish this without risking the solidness of the table… I thought I could use lag screws through the central support beam (under the top) with slotted holes on the edges of the two horizontal legs, but I don’t know how this will age. Open to any ideas…
Thanks for your help!

-- "If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most logical explantion is that I was made for another world." -C.S. Lewis


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madts

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#1 posted 05-01-2015 10:19 PM

I would just use cleats screwed to the bottom of the top against the legs. That should age pretty well. Also easy to break down.

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bondogaposis

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#2 posted 05-01-2015 10:36 PM

Put threaded inserts into the top and attach it w/ bolts instead of screws.

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#3 posted 05-02-2015 01:51 AM

Your idea is best – slotted holes. You won’t need lag screws – just ordinary wood screws of appropriate length. My trestle table has gone 30 years so far and still together.

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dan_fash

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#4 posted 05-02-2015 04:40 PM

I was wondering about the threaded inserts too. Will they have a strong enough hold? Normally a plank top like this I’d glue the center support, leaving the outside legs unglued for expansion. (Thus the slotted holes too) and this table is a beast. Almost a hundred bft of red oak. The idea is that this table should outlive them.

-- "If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most logical explantion is that I was made for another world." -C.S. Lewis

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