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27 minutes ago, Chestnut said:

Man that thing looks like a back breaker. I think 2 pipes would look the best but with the tops of your legs being 3" wide if you get a good connection to the top i doubt you'll need the braces. Everything is so bulky and big if you did one in the center it'd end up looking like that one guy that roids and only does arm workouts.

I know. I was trying to make sure it didn't look like the base was going to be crushed by the top. Structurally, it didn't need to be that heavy. I like the legs at the 2x3, but I have debated giving the stretchers a diet. I know the pipes likely aren't required, but I think it would look good.

I do think I'll make the base attached with a couple of screws through the top stretcher, so I can move them separately. The top is heavy enough by itself.

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2 hours ago, Mark J said:

You know if you put a vice on that it would be a mini Rubo. :)

I know :D. I briefly debated using it for a joinery bench or something before remembering that I have no room. I figure if nothing else if it's not needed as a coffee table it can double as a sitting bench.

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9 hours ago, Chestnut said:

Man that thing looks like a back breaker. I think 2 pipes would look the best but with the tops of your legs being 3" wide if you get a good connection to the top i doubt you'll need the braces. Everything is so bulky and big if you did one in the center it'd end up looking like that one guy that roids and only does arm workouts.

Moving that thing is likely not easy on the 'roids, either.... :D

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Here's the legs as built. I'm still fitting the tenons on the second set. For scale, they're 12" high and 16 5/8" wide.

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I've gone ahead and routed the spots for the legs on the underside of the top. I've left 1/2" gap width wise, but if anything I expect the top to expand, so that should be plenty. I'll be using a lag bolt or two for attaching the legs to the top, allowing for wood movement with a slot.

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I'm looking for something to use between the legs. Right now I'm still going with the idea of pipe, just trying to figure out what. My best options look to be either buying 3/4" galvanized pipe, or getting a 1" brushed nickel curtain rod. I'm thinking that I'll put 3 of them across the table width. The stretcher in the leg assemblies is 12 5/8", so if I put 3" between the pipes they'd span 9" of it.

For finish, I'm going to test a couple of things for the legs. The top may end up getting some kind of gray dye or stain to match what's in the space. This may actually be a good application for the wood weathering solution from my last project, the tool stand.

 

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When it's all done tell your partners, you built it, now they have to come over and take it to the office.:)

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9 minutes ago, Mark J said:

When it's all done tell your partners, you built it, now they have to come over and take it to the office.:)

I'm thinking that instead, I'll just bring it in and put it in place without telling anyone - a stealth coffee table delivery. They don't know I'm building it, just that I took the piece of wood. I'll transport it in pieces, though. 

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13 hours ago, SawDustB said:

I'm thinking that instead, I'll just bring it in and put it in place without telling anyone - a stealth coffee table delivery. They don't know I'm building it, just that I took the piece of wood. I'll transport it in pieces, though. 

Also deny any knowledge of where it came from and suggest the coffee table fairy must have delivered it.

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Yeah, coffee table fairy... the one with the 4" splinter in his right forefinger.

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Wrap it in a packing blanket held in place with some stretch wrap or packing tape then use a small hand truck to wheel it in. Saves your back, prevents scratches and increases curiosity if anyone catches you making the delivery. 

I've got one of those collapsible hand trucks that would work well for that job, they aren't expensive and fit in the trunk until needed. 

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10 minutes ago, wdwerker said:

Wrap it in a packing blanket held in place with some stretch wrap or packing tape then use a small hand truck to wheel it in. Saves your back, prevents scratches and increases curiosity if anyone catches you making the delivery. 

I've got one of those collapsible hand trucks that would work well for that job, they aren't expensive and fit in the trunk until needed. 

That's my plan, more or less. We've got a  heavy duty hand truck at the building, so no issue there. I'll probably bring it in on an evening or weekend, so it should be deserted.

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