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Don Stephenson

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#1 posted 01-24-2017 02:55 PM

Don Stephenson,

It seems to me that the Trestle Bases would get in the way when working at the table. A simple bottom stretcher rail connecting the legs and that supports the lowest shelf and is kept off the floor could eliminate the Trestle Bases.

The lower shelves, if made from solid wood could expand against the legs and stress the joinery. Either installing lower shelves a little narrower than the inside space between the legs or notching the legs would allow for expansion.

The bread board ends are fine, but can be a lot of work and a little tricky to get tight joints that allow the top to expand and contract across the top’s width.

- JBrow

Thanks VERY much, JBrow… I’m not sure how I missed that! Those shelves would absolutely buckle (they would be either .75” or 1”on either side of the stretcher in the middle). I can easily make them a bit narrower and still have enough depth for the wire baskets. Regarding the breadboard ends, would you suggest skipping that and just going with planks showing the end grain?

-- Don Stephenson, Ohio,

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