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post #1 of 12 Old 10-09-2019, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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End Table Legs Question

So I guess my question about the TV Table didn't get a lot of interest so I will try to make a more specific question on a related project. I am using the ends of the slab to make matching end tables. To attach the legs I have seen folks use screws directly, and I have seen people use a tap and then bolt the legs on.

How reliable is the bolt on method? My first thought was that the threads would tear out easily but apparently it works as I see many on YouTube doing so. The slab is Red Oak if that makes any difference.

Some pics below. Spent a couple hours router planing the slab. Apparently I work in a sideways shop. Not sure how to fix those.
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With bolts you should use an insert which in essence is a large hollow screw, so you will have the advantage of more surface area anchoring it. The main advantage of this would be it can be taken apart for transport and put back together as there is no distortion of the holes that would eventually occur using screws.

The style of legs used will have a bearing on the method of attachment and how much pressure is put on the fasteners.

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Thanks for the info. That makes more sense. I was concerned about the repeated use of wooden threads. I will likely go with something modern/industrial looking like these.
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Thanks for the info. That makes more sense. I was concerned about the repeated use of wooden threads. I will likely go with something modern/industrial looking like these.

What are they?


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So when I watch the builds of these table sin you tube I see them use a tap in the wood directly. And then bolt directly into that. unless I missed something.
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When I read the first post, I assumed wood legs, too. @Zatara is planning to use metal legs like these:
https://www.rockler.com/u-shaped-wel...-table-leg-set
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for bolting metal pieces to wood pieces, the threaded insert is used.
especially if the parts are to be taken apart periodically.
for thicker wood, you can use two inserts, if needed.
[like any mechanical fastener, there are many to choose from].
(note: they are not installed with a screwdriver in the slot).
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The threaded insert recommendation is a good one.

I have one of those threaded insert tools, but I can never find it when I need it. Unlike John above, I will use a "right size" flat blade screwdriver in the slot. Just make sure the screwdriver doesn't drift outside the slot and scratch your wood. Note that some threaded inserts use a hex allen wrench instead of slots.
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Thanks all. I will be going with th threaded inserts suggested above. I have started planing the second slab for the other end table. Ordered the epoxy today to fill in the large whole in the one slab. Had to pull a lot of dead wood out.

Any suggestions for finish choice on the red oak. From what I can tell its one of the easier hardwoods to get a nice finish on. The first image below is the bottom and has already been router planed. The top was close enough to flat for me to not touch it. Will just do a lot of sanding after the epoxy is in.
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When installing an insert the end with the slot is inserted into the wood, it helps cut the threads, this video explains that and more:

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The video helps thanks very much
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good find on the video, Frank. I was looking for one but got distracted
and forgot about it. I used to put the inserts in with a big screwdriver
until someone (smarter than me) explained that the slot end helps to
center the insert and clear the path for inserting it. I saw a few videos
from insert manufacturers with contradicting instructions.
but - whatever works for you is very okay.
I have never used the drill press technique like that.

speaking of drill press - - - that is probably one of the best tables
I have seen so far and when I get my new bench top, that will be
the first project for it.
thanks for posting !!
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