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Posted on Tabletop racks a bit - how to fix?

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#1 posted 08-25-2016 01:47 PM

Wider aprons attached with mortise and tenon would help a lot. The long aprons are too skinny for a 6 foot table, IMHO, and pocket screws are very low on the scale of best ways to attach them to prevent racking. A well done M&T joint would be best, but loose tenon or even dowels would be much stronger and better than pocket screws.

- JayT

I was wondering about wider aprons. I would hate to take everything apart to do new aprons. Since I used a 1×3 as the long apron would ‘sistering’ in a new section of apron behind the outward facing one help at all? I could use another 1×3 or there is enough room for a 2×2 as well. And I did not do any other type of joinery since I do not have the tools and was trying to make it with the least amount of spend on tools as possible.

And as far as the diagonal braces I was hoping to stay away from any kind of middle stretcher – with the table only 25-5/8” wide that would eat up a lot of leg space underneath and take away from the ability to push the stools all the way under.

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