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Posted on 2x10 Tabletop with no breadboard? Cupping?

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#1 posted 08-03-2016 01:14 PM

A few of you have mentioned the term skirt – is that an interchangeable term with the apron? In my googling and I was unable to define what part of the table you are taking about.

As far as height I was planning on 30” – which is what our current table is. I was going to sit down at it and do some measuring to see what size apron would make the most sense – my wife would like a taller apron of 6”, but I am afraid that it would get in the way of sitting.

I was then planning on using either a 2×4 or 2×6 as the stretcher with 2×4s as supports for the legs, not sure what they are called though you can see them in the picture below.

One of the reasons that I have been planning on using 2x for the tabletop was to hopefully get away from any additional legs or diagonal bracing. It is my understanding that the thicker the wood is the longer it can go unsupported without bowing or warping. If the table I am looking to build was only 6 feet long or so I would to be too concerned with making sure I do not need additional support, but my wife wants a long table to fill the dining room up.

Post a pic of what you are trying to make and make it easy on us to help ya.

- nightguy

Here is a picture of a table similar to what I we would like to end up with. No breadboards and with only 4 boards for the tabletop, 4×4 legs with a single stretcher and apron built back a bit. Finish will also be different – but the overall style is what my wife would like.

I am planning on doing a base for the table as seen below here – again hoping that the additional supports across the width from apron to apron help alleviate the need for additional legs or a diagonal brace in the middle.

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