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Carol

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11-28-2020 03:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: picnic table dining table

need some advice on attaching these different parts. this is a build for our sunroom; it’s a small room. there’ll be a bench on 1 side and a couple low-back chairs on the other.

i wanted to stay away from a heavy look, so no 4bys. i really didn’t even want to use 2bys. would 1bys work?

do i even need the half lap jointed support under the top? how should i connect that support to the legs? dowels? screws?

-- Carol


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#1 posted 11-29-2020 12:53 AM

You did not give dimensions but I’m guessing about 3’ X 6’....or the type of wood. Also will the top be solid or multiple boards or plywood?

I think the 1 bys will work just fine. Do you intend to run the dowels through the top or just into it? I think I would add some screws to hold the top on, from the under side. Lap joints work but mortise and tenon have a neater appearance. I’m not sure the center brace on the top frame is even needed.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 11-29-2020 05:43 PM

found a video of a woodworker using a really unique way to attach a tabletop. revised my design using his technique. the base uses less wood and would be much lighter weight, and the top is removable when we transport the table to the weekend house.

i’ll put together a breadboard top using 4/4 spruce or white pine boards from the local lumberyard.

in the image, the orange blocks are predrilled to receive a 1/2” dowel; each block is glued to the underside of the table. corresponding 1/2” holes are bored into the base. put the top on the base, insert the dowels and done. such a cool idea!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-SxsnG7CLc&t=98s

-- Carol

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#3 posted 11-29-2020 06:55 PM

Given your dimensions and the idea that you may be removing the top and transporting the table I have another design for you. A folding table. Several Lumberjocks had posted their work of this design, here is one from lumberjock TerryDowing (https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/220546) you could easily scale up the size to your needs.

I have made a number of these in various sized tables (and stools) using this folding design but haven’t posted any to view here. They are very sturdy and stable….I tested mine for strength with my 200# butt. The one change I would suggest to the way Terry made his is to install the screws in recessed holes on the bottom of the cross supports to hide them instead of filling the holes from the top. Of coarse you seem to like dowels and that would work instead of screws.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 11-29-2020 08:33 PM

Want to stay way from the heavy look. Take a look @ this recent post.

Recent posting.
https://www.lumberjocks.com/topics/312148

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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