Dumb question on screw size.


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Old 09-26-22, 12:15 PM
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Dumb question on screw size.

I am going to try and make a Japanese-style floor table similar to this:


...but with folding legs. Probably a cheapo prototype using particleboard or MDF for the top, 1 1/2" square wood for the legs, and these for the mechanism: folding leg bracket
....which call for ' #6x5/8in. round head mounting screws'. My question is does ' #6 ' denote screw size or quantity?
 

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#6 is the screw size and 5/8" is the length.
 
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#6 is probably far too small for joinery in wood. I think you would eventually have trouble with them stripping and pulling out.
 
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First, If using a manufactured wood product I would consider something stronger like Advantech. It is a premium OSB product and is much stronger than regular OSB, particle board or MDF.

The biggest problem with your legs will be enough holding power in your table top. OSB and MDF are poor for screw holding so if you use a material like that for the top I would go to larger fasteners like #10. Better would be to through bolt. If using Advantech it is better at screw holding but I'd still want stronger leg attachment if the table will be used daily.
 
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If I'm looking at it right, the design of that table is also not too strong.

It's often good to have a 1x4 box frame underneath a table top... that box is glued and screwed to the top which provides more surface area to hold the top... and provides more area to glue and screw the legs to at the corners. So the legs are stronger if they are at the corners of the box... you can fasten them from 2 directions at 90 degree angles that way.
 
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The bracket you posted holds the legs at 90 degrees to the table surface. Splayed legs provide more leg room at the narrower ends of the table and may provide additional stability.
 
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Thanks to all. Landlord offered to go shopping with me around to used furniture shops, and if I see anything usable, haul it back and cut down the legs for me. If I see anything as cheap, I may go this route, but doubt a used table is that cheap!
 
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Old 10-20-22, 01:19 AM
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It depends on the your definition of "cheap".

We have a mens shelter in a big town near me. To raise operating revenue.... they have a retail store where they sell donations of many things. I know as I've donated some furniture in excellent condition. One item was a brand new easy chair for a living room. They have a lot of furniture in very good condition. There is also a Salvation Army warehouse I've been to that also had a lot of furniture.

Look around... you may find something nice.
 
 

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