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Blog entry by John Nixon posted 07-06-2007 02:49 AM 1431 reads 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am trying to decide on the style corbel that should go on the pool table legs that I am building.

Short one:
Short one

Long One:
Long Corbel

Which one do you think looks better?

Thanks for your input!

John Nixon – Buffalo, NY –

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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#1 posted 07-06-2007 02:57 AM

I’m partial to the long and slender, per your presentation.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Bob Babcock

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#2 posted 07-06-2007 03:06 AM

I agree with Tom. Much nicer look. I might even extend it down to match the bottom cross member. Very nice Sketchup work John and great videos. Top notch productions.

-- Bob

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#3 posted 07-06-2007 05:06 AM

I agree the long one looks smoother on the leg.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 07-06-2007 05:24 AM

Me too, I like the longer one.

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#5 posted 07-06-2007 06:53 AM

I like the long one, but would want it a bit thicker to be more in proportion to the massive leg. Probably the same thickness as the stretchers?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 07-06-2007 07:16 AM

I’m with Dorje, on both points.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 07-06-2007 07:49 AM

I vote for he long and slim version – looks more proportional.


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#8 posted 07-06-2007 09:41 AM

I like the short stumpy corbel but would make it match the upper stretcher so that it almost looks like a through tenon.
Maybe include a lower one to match the lower stretcher.
I think the long curve detracts from the rectangular pieces between the stretchers.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#9 posted 07-06-2007 10:52 AM

What’cha really need is something that will guarantee that you win! Like maybe a hidden club!
But in my opinion the long corbel looks best.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#10 posted 07-06-2007 11:06 AM

long and slender copies the look of a pool cue.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 07-06-2007 02:10 PM

Functionality, is there a difference in structural integrity with either one. If so its a no brainer. Otherwise go with the long one, is my vote. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 07-06-2007 05:27 PM

I like the longer looking one, but it seems too long. Are you trying to make it look like it was part of the apron going through the wood, or just an add on feature? It it is an add on, then the longer one looks better to me.

Maybe the short one would look better with the sweeping curve from edge to edge, rather than the square cuts on each end? That might be a good compromise as well.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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John Nixon

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#13 posted 07-07-2007 02:48 AM


I love the fact that you all chimed in and gave your opinion with honesty. THANK YOU!
It sounds like the overwhelming majority say to go for the longer one. I am going to go take a picture of the pattern that I made and see what you guys think. Be back in few…

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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#14 posted 07-07-2007 02:55 AM

I want to like the long one better, it makes for a more elegant design. I think Dorje nailed it – needs to be a little beefier to look right at that proportion.

The stubby one looks better at this scale, I like Sawdust’s notice that it almost looks like a through tenon… so maybe the long one should some down a tad more to “cover” the lower rail? In the end, the long one should look much nicer.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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John Nixon

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#15 posted 07-07-2007 03:08 AM

I stuck on the pattern and snapped a shot:


I would definitely make either corbel the thickness of the stretchers. My wife votes for the short one (figures she would be among the minority).

The long one seems a bit over the top for me. I don’t know.

There’s some great feedback going on here…thanks to all.

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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