Hey guys, The wife and I were out looking at a few open houses and came across this table that my wife HAD TO HAVE!!! So I snapped a few pictures, thinking she would forget about it in 2 minutes, and we moved on. Well she wants me to build it, and I didn't look at the underside and am concerned that the way this table is designed may be flawed. How could a guy build this table without running into the risk of the legs bowing out or some other failure based on the leg design?
So does this look Structurally sound?
If not any ideas on how you could secure the legs to give it the best possible chance at success?
Who ever built it couldn't decide where to attach the legs, on the side or on the end...? That doesn't matter all that much, just pick on or the other. They may have used blind tenons or dowels to further reinforce the joint ... hard to tell? I don't think a glue joint would be strong enough without some sort of mechanical attachment in addition. BUT it's a great looking table and has the clean lines a sharp eyed lady would like, so I can see how you got roped into making one!
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From what I can see of it it looks structurally sound. You would just need some kind of a skirt under the top attached to the legs to keep then from racking. I would put all the legs under the top though. It looks better and more able to deal with wood movement.