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Forum topic by CharlesA posted 05-10-2018 01:35 PM 1097 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CharlesA

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05-10-2018 01:35 PM

I’m finally making something 7 months after we decided to move. I don’t have my shop quite together, but I’m anxious to get going.

I’m making a 48” round breakfast table out of some 5/4 cherry I have. I’m attaching hairpin legs to get this thing done quickly.

I’m doing a basic glue-up. I’m not planning on doing any reinforcing of the table top (should end up 7/8” of an inch thick or so). Would you do any reinforcement on the bottom surface of the table?

It will look something like this:

Thanks, Charles

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson


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Sludgeguy

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#1 posted 05-10-2018 02:11 PM

It should be fine with a good glue-up.

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#2 posted 05-10-2018 02:35 PM

I have never used them but with hairpin legs long enough for a breakfast table I would worry that with screws only into the top about 3/4” they could be pulled out if force was applied just right (or wrong).

-- 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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#3 posted 05-10-2018 03:05 PM

Worth thinking about, Nathan. Any thoughts on mitigating that risk?

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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Lazyman

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#4 posted 05-10-2018 04:00 PM

Perhaps attaching 3/4” thick blocks or strips to the bottom with glue and/or screws would allow you to double the depth of the screws that attach the legs. If you use strips either in an X or square that would also add a little more rigidity to the top as well. If you are concerned about how that would appear from a distance, perhaps a plywood disc or ring painted or stained a similar color would look better.

-- 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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#5 posted 05-10-2018 05:38 PM

the folks at tablelegs.com suggest cleats:

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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