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    trestle table base idea

    looking for input on this idea for a base for a trestle table. instead of a mortise and tenon joining the pieces together, i was thinkin off a giant dovetail, kinda like the one tod helped marty with for the bell hanger at his shop. the question is...

    1. do you think it would be a strong enough joint.

    2. does it look good from a design stand point.

    after i drew it and pfd'd it i got to thinking maybe it needs two uprights instead of one.

    so what say the panel??

    chris


    trestle base.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Mire View Post
    looking for input on this idea for a base for a trestle table. instead of a mortise and tenon joining the pieces together, i was thinkin off a giant dovetail, kinda like the one tod helped marty with for the bell hanger at his shop. the question is...

    1. do you think it would be a strong enough joint.

    2. does it look good from a design stand point.

    after i drew it and pfd'd it i got to thinking maybe it needs two uprights instead of one.
    Chris,

    I don't see how you could have any stronger joint than you've drawn, but it doesn't appeal to me from a design standpoint. There are plenty of places for dovetails, but I don't think this in one of them.

    Also, are you planning "pads" of some dimension under the ends of the feet? That area looks heavy now, but the pads would make it appear lighter.

    If this is to be a dining table, one upright will work better from the standpoint of using the table. There will be more freedom of movement under the table.
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    i`d mortise it chris.
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    Chris is that top-down or side view?
    Is the joint going to be hidden?
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    bill, i probably would do pads, just forgot to draw it in.

    tod, thanks, any particular reason?

    yann, that is a side view, no the joint will show.


    thanks
    chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Mire View Post
    bill, i probably would do pads, just forgot to draw it in. ...
    That's what I assumed. The attached photo shows the profile of how I did the pads on my compass table. After considering some options, I used adjustable feet that can't really be seen (unless you're on the floor after a few barley brews!) In my case, I installed a fixed pad under the center column, then one adjustable pad on each of the four feet.
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    I'm new here (Hi to all), so take this for what it's worth. I don't know the dimensions of your base, but it looks like it is a 4x4 or 6x6 base. I don't see any way that one upright would work. You'll need two with a spreader between them. I personally think the dovetail would look good providing you use contrasting colors on the parts. If this is more of an "eating nook" type (small top) of table then maybe a cross-piece at the bottom would work. Russ

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    Chris, I like the look, but I have to say, there must be some reason why most are made M&T

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    hey russ, welcome...don't hesitate to chime in, how long you've been here has no influence on how i feel about your views or opinions...and i think most everyone feels the same.

    this would be a dining table, not sure of the exact size yet, it will be custom fit to my new dining room when the house is done.

    the dimensions of each piece as it is drawn is 2"x4".

    i really don't want to use contrasting colors because the wife will need to like it and she tends to like things all one color or species.

    stu, i feel the same. it is mostly just an idea that i wanted feedback on, i thought of it and thought surely someone else has thought of this, but why have i never seen it.


    thanks for the input

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    I've seen a couple of workbenches elsewhere of late, which featured a lapped dovetail for the jointery on the stretcher for the legs. Pop woodworking if I recall correctly. There's no reason to use contrasting tones if SWMBO lines single tones.
    -Ned

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