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Short table - Need help with design

by Pyro
posted 11-20-2018 11:05 PM


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ChefHDAN

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#1 posted 11-21-2018 02:41 PM

Pyro,
Depending on how dirty the wood is you can wire brush it or sand. If it’s just weathered and does not have sand or dirt all over it i’d go to the jointer then the planer, table saw etc etc. standard stock preparation. For your design, scale is important, you’re essentially building a hall way table, like this one or this one but shorter. See pics below just a quick Sketchup build, (really great tool to learn to use), all dimensions will depend on what the dimensions of your stock is after milling, but for the sake of the first draw, it fits your dimensions with a 1” top 3/4” shelf, and 1.5” square straight legs. Apron is 3/4” by 1.5” tall and M&T into legs. Good Luck!

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#2 posted 11-21-2018 09:48 PM

Thanks Chef,

How is the top affixed to the frame? Appreciate it

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#3 posted 11-22-2018 12:42 AM

Personally, I prefer Z clips for the apron to table tops.

Check out youtube for a quick approach. Not much to them really. Very sturdy securement, and allows the top to move with humidity changes.

-- I've quickly learned that being a woodworker isn't about making flawless work, rather it's fixing all the mistakes you made so that it appears flawless to others! Jay - FL

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Rich

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#4 posted 11-22-2018 01:22 AM


Personally, I prefer Z clips for the apron to table tops.

Check out youtube for a quick approach. Not much to them really. Very sturdy securement, and allows the top to move with humidity changes.

- jutsFL

+1. A biscuit joiner makes quick work of cutting the slots in the aprons.

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#5 posted 11-22-2018 04:36 AM

That looks like something Bandit makes. Very rustic.

-- Aj

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#6 posted 11-22-2018 12:37 PM



Thanks Chef,
How is the top affixed to the frame? Appreciate it
- Pyro

There are lots of options, I’ve used figure 8’s, shopmade wooden clips, and the Z clips. For the cost vs. time, the Z clips are really slick if you’ve got a biscuit joiner. You just set the depth of the slot to match the height of the Z clip and you can cut the slots during dry fit. If no Biscuit Joiner you just run a saw kerf at the right height, before putting the legs & apron together.

For legs to aprons, I used biscuits in the first table i linked above and then for the other table linked, 1 used a 3/8 spiral bit on the router table to cut a slot from the top of the leg to about 1/2” short of the total width if the apron, and then matched the tenon to the slot, which was much simpler for assembly, the biscuit build was my very first piece of what I’d call furniture. If it was a larger table that would be geting heavier use I would have just dropped over the bit for a traditional M&T joint for more strength.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#7 posted 11-22-2018 04:56 PM

If you don’t have a biscuit joiner like me, it is still easy to cut the slots for z clips on a router table if you remember to do it before you assemble the apron. I use a 3 wing slot cutter.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#8 posted 11-22-2018 07:24 PM

I make the kerf for the Z-clip about 1/32” to 3/64” higher than the height of the clip. That way the table top is pulled down tight.

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