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Mid Century Modern Table

by king_nickizzle
posted 10-31-2018 06:41 PM

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#1 posted 10-31-2018 07:04 PM

It’s a really cool looking table I like it.
I looked at the video and I do agree it will need stretchers.
Have you thought about bring some 2×3 or something you would use and c clamping them to the legs where it sits.
I think that will help you find that sweet spot for both looks and wobble.
I also think something need to be done with the connection at the top of the legs.
I just don’t know what I’m too far away.
Good luck

-- Aj

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#2 posted 10-31-2018 09:44 PM

I like the look of the table. Have you considered adding some bracing at the top of the legs? Something at a 45 degree angle between the legs and the bottom of the top? You might be able to get by with a brace that doesn’t extend below the apron. The angle could be even longer to get one leg of the brace closer to the center of the table.
Seems like this might beef up your leg to apron and top connection to minimize the wobble while maintaining the lines of the table. YMMV

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#3 posted 11-01-2018 04:10 AM

At the end of the video, it looks like you can see the apron is sort of wobbling in the slot on the top of the leg. I don’t remember ever seeing a table leg attached like that. Did you try driving some shims or small wedges in the gaps to see if that helps? If that helps, I would glue them in. If you can get the leg off, you could glue some veneer on the apron of the cheeks of the slot on the legs to make it fit tighter. If you use hide glue, you’ll be able to reverse it later if it has to be repaired again.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 11-01-2018 02:00 PM

Thanks for the help everyone, these are great tips that I will put to practice!

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#5 posted 11-01-2018 03:32 PM

It appears that the legs are joined to the aprons with a bridle joint. I don’t think you’ll be able to get rid of all the racking by just making a tight connection at the apron. I think you need to tie the legs together. Perhaps you can add cross braces (on each end) under the table between the tops of the legs and then another just below but high enough that your legs won’t hit when you sit close to the table?

I wonder if the cross grain glue joint between the apron and the leg is a potential problem? If the leg and/or apron changes dimensionally due to moisture—you may get some splitting/cracking. I thought you said you glued that joint—if I read that wrong please ignore this.

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