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I'm almost finished with the base of a maple conoid table. I'm pretty happy with the results but the joints are a little loose, at the leg / bottom stretcher joint - one front to back, the other left to righ. I'm thinking of hand cutting shims from and gluing up. Will this provide enogh stability? I'd prefer not to start over. This is heavy lumber and I've got a mediocre tablesaw. Getting it this close was a challenge.
Also, seeing other conoid knockoffs as well as Nakashima's, the bottom stretcher in many seems to be just a hair of the ground with only the feet serving as the base. And the "feet" generally have all but a few inches on each end routed out of the bottom, creating 4 feet. I'd appreciate any advice on whether these are both necessary for greater stability or a matter of personal preference.
Thanks a lot,