I have an oak wooden table (commercially made) and the legs seem to be
getting loose despite having re-tightened them many times. It seems
that the metal brackets that are attached to the table base are becoming
bent. Does anyone know the correct name for these gadgets, and where
they can be purchased? Seems like I've done a million Google searches
and still cannot come up with a supplier and/or correct nomenclature.
It's an angled bracket with a hole at the apex, where the bolt on the
leg goes through and screwed down. The bracket ends are nailed to the
table base. If I built the table, I'd use another technique for
attaching the legs, but I'm not ready to toss this out, since it's in
excellent shape aside from this.
Thanks very much!
On Sun, 21 Nov 2004 17:23:11 +0000, Paul Wolsko wrote:
Not sure what they're called, but Rockler has them. Since you have to
remove them anyway if you were to replace them, why not just straighten
them out and reattach them using screws? I made the wood version for a
couple of tables I built earlier in the year. The technique was in a
Woodsmith magazine article from about a year ago. It is an advantage to
keep the legs removable unless you never plan on moving, otherwise you
could attach the legs permanently using dowels or loose tenons.
I know them as "metal brace plates." A thick screw with a wood
thread on one end and a machined thread on the other is fitted with a
nut or wing nut. The brace plates come in heavy, medium and
lightweight steel. Some fit into narrow dados cut into the table
rails. You could replace the metal ones with wooden braces, although
metal is preferable. It should not be too difficult to make your own
custom metal brace plates using a heavier sheet metal than those
currently in your table. I found that as a woodworker, there are
times I find myself doing a little metal work from time to time.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.