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Don Stephenson

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#1 posted 01-24-2017 02:59 PM

I can’t help but wonder, what kind of crafts?

Overall, the table seems “over-engineered” for simple handcrafts. Do you need a lot of strength? Will you be pounding on it?

If not, you can probably save yourself a lot of construction difficulty. If you use 8/4 (or even 5/4) stock for the top and shelves, I think you can skip the torsion-box aprons and the “key” in the shelves (which would also leave expansion/contraction space for the shelf boards). Just fasten the top and shelf boards with screws through the trestle arms and horizontal braces.

Unless you need all that strength . . .

- jdmaher

Thanks, Jim. Technically it’s a craft table, but specifically it would be used for staging train sets. One question regarding your comment on fastening (if I’m understanding you correctly), wouldn’t attaching the top and shelves with screws prevent seasonal wood movement?

-- Don Stephenson, Ohio,

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