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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-02-2011, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Default A construction problem for a tresle table

I have been pondering how to do some modifications on a trestle table.

The item I've had for years. It came knockdown from Pier One and had everything pre-drilled with small diameter conformat head screws so you would only need an allen wrench. The table as I recall is made of rubber wood. The wood is really hard, the finish has lasted through everything except scratches from objects.

I moved the trestle element way high up to just under the top and drilled some fresh holes from a paper and pencil tracing and re-screwed it. The brace is the only part that has ever been disassembled since putting the pieces together.

This has given me the needed leg room but the construction is now wobbly when moved. Nothing I've thought of can make the legs stiff without the trestle in the normal knee banging place.

Recently Gary Rugowski had a trestle table in FW. The brace was higher but that table was scratch built and used locking keys in the traditional style.

I have limited tools and do not know if this rubberwood can be worked with either. The legs are simply bolted to the underside with four conformat wood screws.

Another thing I wanted to do was lower the table. However I do not know how to check for what sort of joinery is used on the legs (H-shaped) or if it can be knocked apart then a section removed and the joint repaired. The top is thick-- close to 2 inches. The brace/trestle and legs are all the same dimension.

The one novel idea I saw in FW would be to make a sliding dovetail the width of the
table on bottom with a matching keyed joint on the leg. This is the only thing I've seen which seemingly would give surface area and geometry for strength.

If there is no workable idea here, where is a woodworking site without subscription)
site that could answer a furniture question?

Well that was long winded, but like I say I've had this on my mind for years.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-03-2011, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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I have joined the FW forum and will make a fresh submission there. I mistakenly thought that that FW was subscription only from other visits.

Thanks for the tip.
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