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On 12/14/2017 at 12:09 PM, steven newman said:

 

Mine, for tables....but, there is  something else added..

 

Glue and screws.    Holds the corner square.  

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Or, rotate the corner block 90 degrees, and add a screw through and into the leg. 

 

 

Let these in on the front and back where they don't interfere with the tools turning.

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I am also currently building a shop table.  Putting money/mouth in perspective:  I'm just attaching rails to legs with pocket screws.  However, I consider the primary load resistance to come from corner braces (which will be screwed on surface mounting).  All the M/T and dovetail and other stuff are nice, but the corner brace is the place.  Also, don't forget that that top is going to contribute a lot to rectangular stability.  Keep in mind why those intricate joineries were used:  they didn't have much alternatives.  Also, furniture was SO expensive that it was expected to last generations.  The table I'm building?  It'll die with me, and that's only going to be maybe a decade.  Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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Pete, my project will have a revolving top which will do nothing for creating ridgidety. I think the bracing and so forth for me will be an exercise in joinery practice as I don't build many larger projects. 

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21 minutes ago, PeteM said:

Is the juice worth the squeeze?

Some of us live for the squeeze! Who cares if the juice is even drinkable! :lol:

John

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21 hours ago, Pat Meeuwissen said:

Going over my head with "Is the juice worth the squeeze?"

"Is the goal worth the effort?"  As John points out (and I agree), some of what we do is just because the doing itself is the fun. 

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4 hours ago, PeteM said:

"Is the goal worth the effort?"  As John points out (and I agree), some of what we do is just because the doing itself is the fun. 

How right you are. 

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Pat, I think any of these ideas would build you a strong framework for a table top.  How does the top rotate around?

Are you building from a set of plans, or by a plan that you have designed?

Speaking for myself I am not seeing the "flip" here.

Cal

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Go for it!! I have made workbenches out of tons of stuff. From complicated joinery to prefab legs I've seen a lot. It's not so much what you build on, it's more about what comes off of it!!!

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15 hours ago, Pat Meeuwissen said:

Cal, this is the type of cart I want to build.

That is sort of what I thought you were doing.  So the joint in question will go where?  At the base for structural strength or will the top rotate around inside a frame?

From the picture it does not appear to have any perimeter frame at the top, but relies upon a (torsion box?) tool base simply bolted to the four corners, plus the pipe or whatever it rotates around.

Cal

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Cal, yes the joint will be at the base. I think I'm ready to make this once I find time and some type of bushing for the pipe or rod. Was hoping to use 1/2 black pipe which has an od of 0.840 in that will take some looking to find a bushing/sleeve.

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No more use than this would see - even with daily flips, I would bet you could simply bore a hole in a piece of oak for the bushing.

Cal

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