Hello everyone, and thanks in advance for any advice you may have to offer a newcomer like myself.
I’m attempting to design two identical 4′ x 4′ Walnut tables. The design would be similar to a casino table with an armrest and a lowered area in the center. The goal is to have the ability to remove one edge from each table and put them side-by-side into a larger 8′ x 4′ configuration.
I have a plan, but am concerned about the strength of a joint between the horizontal armrest (~4-5 inches wide) and the vertical side of the table. It’s shaped like this:
===== 1″ Horizontal Armrest
|| 1″ Vertical Table edge
Problem #1: If I’m understanding correctly, it seems impossible to align the grain directions at the joint (due to it being 4′ long and joined at 90 degrees). How much should I be concerned about that?
Problem #2: Assuming the armrest and table edge are joined using a full-blind dovetail (~1/2″ width/depth) and that there are some 3/4″ thick triangular supports underneath (crudely shown below), does it seem like it would be sturdy enough to support an adult (or 2) leaning on the armrest?
Please let me know if I’ve omitted any details that would be helpful.