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LSGss

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11-28-2020 09:59 PM

Hey All looking for some advice on a large kitchen table build. Image included. Wood is African mahogany. Table size is 84×39” about 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 thickness. Legs will be 3×3 and taper to 2×2. Apron I plan on making out of 5/4 material with final thickness of 1”. Apron will start at 4 1/2 inches and taper down to 3” in the middle. I am second guessing my apron size and need for reinforcement. Should I make my apron material thicker along the length to 1 1/2 inches and keep it 1” along the short length (or even make it all 1 1/2 thickness doesn’t seem at important along the short length. Should I also include some cross members (perhaps 2) along the short length of the table as additional support. Appreciate any advice. Thank you.


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SMP

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#1 posted 11-28-2020 11:31 PM

Do you already have the boards? Are you planing down rough? Is that why you don’t have the thickness? I like to get a “feel” for the wood being used and then use that to plan the rest if its not a build from plan. How are you going to attach the legs to apron and top etc? I think a good mechanical connection of apron to legs and 1” apron would be fine.

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#2 posted 11-28-2020 11:51 PM

I do have the wood already. I am milling down 8/4 mainly. I did get some 6/4 for the apron. But i dont need to necessarily use it. I usually buy extra wood. I am planning on using my domino to do fairly long floating tenons. Likely x3 8mm at 100mm length tenons if using 1” apron. If using a thicker apron then I would increase it. The table with be attach to the apron using wood cleets that i will make to allow for movement. Feel free to tell me if any part of this sounds stupid.
Thanks for the help.


Do you already have the boards? Are you planing down rough? Is that why you don’t have the thickness? I like to get a “feel” for the wood being used and then use that to plan the rest if its not a build from plan. How are you going to attach the legs to apron and top etc? I think a good mechanical connection of apron to legs and 1” apron would be fine.

- SMP


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#3 posted 11-29-2020 04:15 AM

One other thing to consider is if you ever need to move it, or store it, it sure is nice having removable legs. I like the brackets with 2 bolts. There are others but these type work pretty well:
https://www.rockler.com/surface-mount-corner-brackets-for-table-aprons

Or you can make an angled piece from the apron stock and bolt the legs into that corner bracket.

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CWWoodworking

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#4 posted 11-29-2020 06:00 AM

Your plan is sound.

I would not make the legs removable unless that’s the only way to get it through the door.

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LSGss

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#5 posted 11-29-2020 06:47 AM

I agree. I am planning to attach the legs. Would you make the apron and add horizontal supports. Thanks


Your plan is sound.

I would not make the legs removable unless that’s the only way to get it through the door.

- CWWoodworking


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#6 posted 11-29-2020 12:52 PM

My table is 40×84 with a 1.75 thick top. 1.75” aprons. Thing is like a tank. No cross members. I don’t think they are necessary.

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#7 posted 11-29-2020 02:38 PM

Awesome thanks.


My table is 40×84 with a 1.75 thick top. 1.75” aprons. Thing is like a tank. No cross members. I don’t think they are necessary.

- CWWoodworking


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LSGss

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#8 posted 12-01-2020 12:36 AM

One more question. I’m new to dominos. The end of my apron for my joint is 36×114mm. Am I better of having three 10mm domino or just go with two 12mm.

Thanks


My table is 40×84 with a 1.75 thick top. 1.75” aprons. Thing is like a tank. No cross members. I don’t think they are necessary.

- CWWoodworking


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#9 posted 12-01-2020 04:04 AM


One more question. I’m new to dominos. The end of my apron for my joint is 36×114mm. Am I better of having three 10mm domino or just go with two 12mm.

- LSGss

The advantage of the 12mm domino is that you can get more depth, 12×140mm versus 10×100mm. That will make a bigger difference in strength.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#10 posted 12-01-2020 05:43 AM

If you haven’t bought the wood yet. Consider paying a little more and get Honduras Mahogany.

-- Aj

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