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Forum topic by Beeguy posted 08-27-2009 07:52 PM 4449 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-27-2009 07:52 PM

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Hello Everyone,

I have a question regarding a farm table I am in the processing of building. The top is 86”x39” and 9/8” thick. I made it out of wormy soft maple. The legs and aprons are made from plain soft maple. The aprons are 3 ½ “ wide and almost 7/8” thick. The tabletop extends 8” past the apron on the long ends.

I would like to add an 18 inch “company board” to one side. While I have occasionally seen these I have never been able to look underneath the table to see how it was attached. My thought is to use two hardwood strips that would extend from the company board, through notches in the apron to a reasonable distance underneath. Then it should easily slid in and out when needed.

My concern is the apron will be acting as a fulcrum and bearing all the weight. Not that this will be heavy but I am concerned if someone leans on it or uses it for support when getting up from the table. Will the apron support the weight or should I attach an additional bracket of some sort directly to (near the end) the table top.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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#1 posted 08-27-2009 11:38 PM

I have never done this but have an idea… Put square saddle clamps under the table then have your company table with two long hardwood runners that would slip into the clamps, then a stop pin. Sort of like some baby high chairs with the removable, adjustable table…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 08-27-2009 11:51 PM

A square hole in the apron 8” back would not really be visable. I also like the idea of making a support sustem under the table where the company board slides in to hold.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Rob Sukach

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#3 posted 08-29-2009 12:50 AM

I snapped a couple of pics of our kitchen table – store bought – that has the end-leaves I think you’re describing. I hope they upload ok, this is my first post.

the long runners pass through holes in the apron. they are secured with a sliding bolt, the type you typically use on a screen door, that slides into a notch in one of the runners (you can see it in the upper right corner of pic 3 above).

Hope it helps,

-- Rob Sukach, Grapevine, TX

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#4 posted 09-01-2009 03:20 AM

I’ve made a few tables as you’ve described and IMHO the aprons will be fine.
What hole size you plan on making?


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