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Posted on Tabletop racks a bit - how to fix?

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#1 posted 08-25-2016 02:03 PM

Add a long stretcher across the bottom centered between the short stretchers, use mortise and tenon. If it racks now it will only get worse over time and pretty soon fail altogether. I agree that the apron is not wide enough for that length of table. Why did you make the short aprons wider than the long ones? Four inches on the apron would be a minimum for this length of table.

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I used 3” for the apron to make ease of sitting at table better. My thinking was that with a 3” apron it would be easier to pull up and sit at it.

If I am understanding correctly here I should have used a 4” apron on the long side? With that in mind maybe I should take the top off and pick up a couple of 2×4’s and use them for the long apron. If I had 4” aprons do you think I would be able to get by without a bottom stretcher?

I understand that using a technique besides pocket screws would be better, but I do not have access to the tools required to do either dowels or mortise and tenon. So I will be connecting using pocket screws and wood glue.

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