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Posted on Walnut Dining Table - Suggestions to minimize racking?

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#1 posted 09-30-2019 06:49 PM

Sorry. I cannot refrain from commenting on the pocket holes. In this instance your table might be perfectly sturdy and rigid with proper M&T joints but, I agree with the above, If you insist on using pocket holes, the apron needs to be about twice that wide. The forces on that joint when someone pushes sideways on the table are tremendous. The pocket hole screws just won’t cut it. Even with the metal corner brackets, I don’t think you have enough apron in contact with the legs to adequately resist the forces. The “runners” you propose will not help with this problem. Nor will the “z” clips when you attach the top.

You have created a beautiful table with lots of expense in materials and labor. I encourage you to construct it properly. Doing so will insure that it lasts and looks beautiful for a long long time.

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