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10:33AM | 09/20/01
Member Since: 09/19/01
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We are attempting to design a custom dining table made of teak wood with a furniture company. In order to make it fit in our door, we have proposed creating a removable, 4-inch bottom held on to the legs with a long screw. We don't want to glue the bottoms back on, because we want to be able to remove them easily. There is some concern as to the cost and stability of such a construction, as the screw would require an anchor, which can expand the wood. We are told that a dowel, unglued, is not secure enough - it would create looseness that could cause the legs to crack. Anyone have experience with the screw-like construction who could talk about feasiblity and cost? Thank you

BillyG

11:26AM | 09/20/01
Member Since: 09/03/01
14 lifetime posts
I assume that you want to be able to unscrew a portion (about 4") of the table legs so that you can get the table through a doorway.

There are many solutions to your problem, but this is the way I would do it. I would use a "threaded insert" on the table portion of the legs and a machine bolt or screw on the removable part of the leg. See below for an example of a 3/8" threaded insert: http://www.constantines.com/product.asp?0=234&1=233&3=576

A 1/4 inch insert may work fine.

Drill a hole through the center of the removable part of the leg and countersink it on both sides. Insert a bolt that matches the threads of the insert through the hole in the removable leg. There should be a washer under the bolt head and a washer plus two nuts on the other end of the bolt. The bolt head and nuts should all be countersunk below the surface of the removable leg, and the bolt should extend out to the depth of the threaded insert. Drill the correct size hole for the threaded insert (to prevent splitting of the wood). Thread the insert into the main leg portion, remove it, coat the outside of the threads with epoxy, and re-insert it into the main leg portion. Make certain that you don't get epoxy inside the threads!

The removable leg portions should screw easily onto the main leg portions.

Good luck!

BobF

03:14AM | 09/21/01
Member Since: 10/19/98
223 lifetime posts
Rather than remove 4" from the bottom, its probably better to do a design where the entire legs can be removed. Each leg (or pair) would need to be secured with a triangle to make it secure.

One or two screws would indeed weaken over time. A triangle arrangment gives support in all directions.

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