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Help me, please. Torsion in Live Edge Pedestal Table

by Danmadethat
posted 11-27-2018 07:18 PM

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#1 posted 11-27-2018 10:20 PM

From pure physics, I think it is your pedestal.
It is quite easy to test – put 3 quick-grip clamps around in the middle of the height of the pedestal, from edge to edge. If my theory is correct you should see that vibration is reduced

More experienced LJ’s can give you advice how to beef up the pedestal.

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#2 posted 11-27-2018 10:30 PM

Thank you, torus. Will give it a go

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#3 posted 11-27-2018 10:42 PM

I also think it is your pedestal. It looks really nice but much too small for the size of your table top. The triangle center piece is the only thing supporting the twisting action.

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#4 posted 11-28-2018 12:15 AM

When you twist it, the force is through the thickness of the live edge supports. Similar to if you had a thin board and you held it by opposite corners and tried to twist it. So, given the size of the top, when you apply a rotational force to it, it puts the torque through the thickness of the supports, which are not thick enough to prevent the twisting.

Not sure how I’d fix it though without a full re-do of the base using thicker live edge slabs.

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#5 posted 11-28-2018 02:16 AM

So…input from a couple of structural engineers say a thicker “stem” piece will do the trick. A couple more said to reinforce the triangle at the top, another said to attach a metal plate to the center of the triangle and attach the top to it, taking forces off of the “spokes” created by the triangle.

Thinking I will do a full re-do using a thicker pedestal piece to run the slabs from—at that point, the slabs will be more for show than structural support, and the structural support will be the stem piece alone.

Going to try adding a couple of metal brackets to the triangle and see if that helps. I’d really like to keep the aesthetics (within reason) and gain stability no matter the ultimate route.

Thanks for everyone’s input on this. Really, really aprreciate it


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