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Posted on Tabletop racks a bit - how to fix?

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#1 posted 08-25-2016 02:22 PM

While the diagonal braces shown by Waho would work, they add a strong visual intrusion on a very clean design.

You can use stranded stainless steel cable and turnbuckles to achieve the same end. It’s not woodworking, but it won’t add much visual clutter. It is also fast and easy.

Connect one cable to the center of the cross piece on the two legs and to the underside of the table top at the opposite end. Repeat on the other side so that the cables make an X in the center of the table.

I would use the black coated cables and I would hide the turnbuckles high up under the table.


When I went on line to find photos of this idea I see that most are using threaded rods and are using them as part of the design statement and I think that works better than my cable idea:

Buy threaded rod and a matching sized turnbuckle, and a fender washer to suit.
Glue a block to the center of the table’s underside for mounting.
Paint all the components after assembly as the paint will chip off when using the threads.

I would use 1/2” or heavier rods if you want to make a visual statement.

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