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What is a stretcher in woodworking?

Last Updated: 21st February, 2020

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A stretcher is a horizontal support element of a table, chair or other item of furniture; this structure is normally made of exposed wood and ties vertical elements of the piece together. This term is sometimes referred to as a stretcher beam.

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Keeping this in consideration, what is an apron in woodworking?

An apron, as it applies to furniture, is a wooden panel that connects the surface and legs of a table, desk, or sideboard that sits on legs. An apron is placed at right angles to the underside of the top of a table, sideboard, desk, or seat of a chair and extends between the tops of the legs.

Beside above, what are table legs called? knee – the upper portion of the leg. foot – the bottom part of the leg which touches the floor. A table may have completely straight legs with no distinct knee or foot. drop leaf – a portion of the top which overextends the apron and can be hinged down to take up less space when not in use.

Besides, how do you stabilize a tall table?

The best way to stabilize almost any table is to add corner blocks to the legs. Look under almost any custom or expensive table. You'll see angular blocks spanning across the top of leg diagonally from side to side, encasing the leg under the table apron, which is an overhang that goes around the table.

How thick should dining table legs be?

Dining table legs are 29", which leaves about an inch for top thickness. If you're planning on a top thicker than one inch, you can shorten the 29" legs to maintain a finished height of 30". The apron boards that connect the table legs to form the base are generally about ¾" thick and 4" wide.

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Darlin Alfosea

Professional

How far in should a table apron be?

My old rule of thumb with typical dining or writing table dimensions was to put the bottom of the apron a minimum of 24 inches off the floor. If your top is, say, 1-1/4 in. thick, you could have a 5″ apron and still have 24″ to the floor for knees.

Bustar Benkens

Professional

What is a table stretcher?

A stretcher is a horizontal support element of a table, chair or other item of furniture; this structure is normally made of exposed wood and ties vertical elements of the piece together. This term is sometimes referred to as a stretcher beam.

Carmencita Goloskokov

Explainer

Why do tables have aprons?

The apron on a four legged table serves a number of functions, and you may not have considered them all. The apron: stiffens the top, helping to keep it flat. transfers the load to the legs.

Tiantian De Pedraza

Explainer

How do you attach legs to a table without apron?

Mounting Blocks. Mounting blocks are a great way to attach legs to a table without aprons. They attach to the underside of your furniture with 4 screws (supplied). A 3/8” x 2 ½” bolt is installed part-way into the leg, the remaining ¾” of exposed threads are screwed into the mounting block.

Fadila Pisoeiro

Pundit

How much overhang should a table top have?

The standard overhang of a table top is 1-1/2" to 2", which can be seen in the photos above. Again, since this is custom furniture we can accommodate a larger overhang if needed as seen on the table below.

Maila Ventsislavova

Pundit

How do I stop my table from wobbling?

Your table may also need adjustable feet to stop the wobbling.
  1. Clear the table, put a piece of cardboard on the floor and turn the table upside down with the top resting on the cardboard.
  2. Tighten the nuts holding the legs to the table frame with an adjustable wrench.
  3. Install adjustable feet onto each table leg.

Rosalind Hazipov

Teacher

How do you stabilize a top heavy table?

How to Make a Dining Room Table More Stable
  1. Place it on a flat, level surface. One of the easiest ways to level out furniture is to make sure it's on a level surface.
  2. Even out the legs.
  3. Add additional leg support.
  4. Cover the top with a heavy, flat object.
  5. Put pillars of support underneath the table.

Edin Scharnagel

Teacher

Why is my table wobbly?

Macfarlane says that wobbly tables usually occur either because the table's legs are uneven or the floor beneath them isn't flat. If you suspect that this is the case, you'll need a furniture glide, a level, and a hammer. “To determine which leg is causing the issue, place the level on the table and center the bubble.

Tantica Formenti

Teacher

How do you stabilize a pedestal table top?

Get it some help.
  1. Tip the table upside down.
  2. Place 1 1/4-inch screws in all the new holes and drive them in tight.
  3. Drill through every joint using a 3/8-inch brad-tipped drill bit.
  4. Inject glue into all the holes.
  5. Cut off the protruding ends of the dowels using a coping saw.
  6. Things You Will Need.
  7. Tip.
  8. Warning.

Ramzi Likhodeev

Reviewer

How do you add leaves to a table?

Grasp each end of the table and pull away from the center of the table to pull the table apart. Continue pulling the table apart until you create a space large enough to fit the table leaf (or leaves). Place the table leaf (or leaves) into the space you created in the center of the table.

Almerina Chieu

Reviewer

How old is ball and claw furniture?

Price: R 8750. Beautiful craftmanship. Ball and Claw style of furniture dates primarily from the Edwardian period (1900 to 1910) when it was very popular. The style has been copied by subsequent furniture makers in many countries and modernized to suit more recent applications.

Jenyfer Gosebrink

Reviewer

Does Home Depot sell table legs?

Table Leg - Furniture - The Home Depot.

Jonai Bolton

Supporter

What are the main parts of a table?

Parts of a Table
  • Title number and title.
  • Divider rules.
  • Spanner heads.
  • Stub heads.
  • Column heads.
  • Row titles.
  • Cells.
  • Footnotes.

Madelin Horvat

Supporter

What is a table Stringer?

The Stringer is an elegant wood and steel table ideal for working, eating and spending leisure moments with family and friends. Inspired by a surfboard, the Stringer table features a narrow oak beam on the bottom that gives the design its strength.

Jankey Huppertz

Supporter

What is the skirt of a table?

An apron, also called the "skirt" or "skirting", is simply the portion of the table or chair that is vertically positioned beneath the table top or seat. This hides any corner blocks, bracing, self-storing, or other mechanical pieces (on tables) from plain view.

Sherry Pedrote

Beginner

How can you tell if furniture is antique?

Tips for Identifying Antique Furniture
  1. Check for a signature or label from the furniture maker.
  2. Make sure the piece is in proportion.
  3. Check the construction of the joints.
  4. Until the late 1600s handmade dowels or pegs held the mortise-and-tenon joints together and were slightly raised above the joints.

Liudmila Llopart

Beginner

How do you correct bow legs?

Night braces help to pull the legs slowly into a straighter position. Bowlegs caused by an underlying disease cannot be corrected completely until the disease itself is treated. A child usually wears a corrective brace during part of the treatment of the disease. shinbone that would correct the lower limb alignment.

Godfrey Whitley

Beginner

What era is claw foot furniture?

In England, the ball-and-claw style of foot was used primarily during the Queen Anne period and faded in popularity as the Chippendale style came into vogue. In America, however, the ball-and-claw remained a popular decorative feature well into the 19th century.

Jhoselyn Martindegui

Beginner

How much leg room do you need under a table?

Provide about 24" of leg room below the table (height from floor to bottom of table rail) and at least 12" for knee clearance (projection of table top beyond table leg). In figuring seating capacity, allow at least 24" of elbow room width per person and 12" to 15" depth from the edge of the table.