I need to build some sofa tables to wrap around an "L" shaped black leather
sectional. Each leg is about ten feet long, floor to top in the 30"-34"
range, top width 12-15". I'm planning to make them of mahogany, probably
with honed black slate tile inserts in the top.
First of all do any of you have any experience with same and if so, what
size would you suggest for the leg and rail widths? I'm thinking about 2
1/2" - 3", sound about right for visual appearance?
Secondly is building the thing. Several possibilities...
1. Build two tables angled to 45 degrees where they meet, bolt the two
together thru aprons at the angle.
Problem 1: how to handle the legs where they join. Have legs at each
end just before the angle and let the angled portion just hang?
Suggestions? I'm trying to find a way to do it without a bunch of legs all
Problem 2: there will be no appreciable weight on the tables but ten
feet is still a pretty long span. It would be easy to simply add
intermediate legs though. Still, ten foot tables are a bit of a pain to
2. Break down the ten feet into 2, maybe 3, sections.
Problem 1: same thing with the legs in problem 1 above but also where
the sections meet. Ideally, a parson's table should flow...there should be
symmetry. If I make multiple tables the legs would be double where the
table ends meet. I could make each leg at the junction 1/2 the width but
they would never line up to look like one legwhen the tables were set up.
Maybe a slight bevel where they meet and cut a "V" quirk in the center of
the full width legs?
Another possibility with two tables in each "L" is to make one table with
four legs and the short apron on inside end set back behind the leg, make
the other with no legs where it joins to the first and bolt the two aprons
As you can see, most of my concerns are with appearance...I want something
simple with nice clean lines and minimal visible joints; all comments will
be much appreciated.
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