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#1 posted 12-24-2017 07:26 AM

This is fairly complex for a table, definitely not a beginner project.
-Center stretcher is unnecessary on a table that small, especially with 4/4 top. But you are doing planks, not a solid top so consider battens instead. It will have to be planks as a solid top wouldn’t be able to expand.
-Way overbuilt for a table that small.
-Don’t know anything about Striplox. Load capacity isn’t the primary concern but resistance to racking. That problem is already solved with normal table designs. Custom table will probably require a custom solution.
-I think wood is the wrong material for what you want, metal would be better. The usual way of making wood joinery tight but able to be taken apart is wedges: tusk tenons, screws, lag screws.

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