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Posted on Tabletop racks a bit - how to fix?

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#1 posted 08-25-2016 07:54 PM

Yeah dude, add some criss-cossing stuff underneath. Triangles. Doesn t require fancy joinery or thick boards if you add it down there, compared to the large ammo you need if you re just beafing up those 4 corners at the top.

- gargey

The triangles and length wise stretcher is what I am hoping to avoid. The table is only 25-5/8” wide (it is really just a countertop). So anything in the middle will take away from space. I am also afraid that if I put anything less than a 2×6 down there the kids will break it – think 3 kids under the age of 10.

I rebuilt the base using 1×6’s for the apron all the way around. I also did add a second 1×6 in each corner butted up against a 2×4. From reading through all the previous posts the consensus seemed to be that the 3” apron did not provide enough support length wise. In addition everyone mentioned doing dowels or mortise and tenon joints. I wish I had known about the dowel centers that Cooler posted – but I had already put things back together.

Now to let it sit before bringing it back in and putting the tabletop back on. Gotta say I am sure glad I am using a pre-built tabletop for my first table. If I had this little trouble with the base I can only imagine when I would have run up against with a self made tabletop!

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