# Cline not connecting fully in table with custom lines

I have a table with two thick lines (one horizontal and one vertical) and with multirow and multicolumn cells. Now one of the clines is not connecting where I want it to.

This is what I have to create the other line types. (blatently stolen from this site):

\makeatletter
\newcommand{\thickhline}{%
\noalign {\ifnum 0=}\fi \hrule height 1pt
\futurelet \reserved@a \@xhline
}
\newcolumntype{"}{@{\hskip\tabcolsep\vrule width 1pt\hskip\tabcolsep}}
\makeatother

and the table itself:

\begin{table}[h]
\centering
\begin{tabular}{|c|>{\centering\arraybackslash}p{1cm}">{\centering\arraybackslash}p{1cm}|>{\centering\arraybackslash}p{1cm}|>{\centering\arraybackslash}p{1cm}|}
\hline
\multicolumn{2}{|c"}{\multirow{2}{*}{}} & \multicolumn{3}{c|}{Retort Diameter (mm)}             \\ \cline{3-5}
\multicolumn{2}{|c"}{}                              & 750          & 1000           & 1200      \\ \thickhline
\multirow{3}{*}{Gas Flow (SLM)}         & 25        & 5.7          & 3.2            & 2.2       \\ \cline{2-5}
& 50        & 11           & 6.4            & 4.4       \\ \cline{2-5}
& 75        & 17           & 9.6            & 6.6       \\ \hline
\end{tabular}
\caption{Approximate Peclet values}
\label{tb:Peclet}
\end{table}

The \cline{3-5} does not fully connect to the thick vertical line. Is there a way to fix this.

On a side note: Is there a neater way to center text in a column with defined with?

• \newcolumntype{"}{!{\vrule width 1pt}} should work. Dec 30, 2020 at 11:26
• It does, thank you Dec 30, 2020 at 11:29

The array package offers !{decl.} with <decl.> being used instead of the vertical line. To get a 1pt wide vertical line, you can use \vrule width 1pt. You can also declare a new column type based on this, using something like \newcolumntype{V}{!{\vrule width 1pt}}. (I used V instead of your original " here to avoid possible conflicts with the babel package since " is a shorthand in some languages.)

Instead of your definition of the \thickrule command, you could also use \Xhline from the makecell package. It accepts a width as its argument: \Xhline{1pt}

If you plan on using the thicker vertical and horizontal lines multiple times throughout your document, you might be interested in defining their widths in the pramble as I did in the following example.

In the following MWE, I also included a second version of your table that makes use of the booktabs package for a layout without vertical and wih less horizontal lines. There I also added the siunitx pacage in order to typeset units:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{array}
\usepackage{multirow}
\usepackage{makecell}

\newlength{\mytablinewidth}
\setlength{\mytablinewidth}{1pt}
\newcommand{\myhline}{\Xhline{\mytablinewidth}}
\newcolumntype{V}{!{\vrule width \mytablinewidth}}

\usepackage{booktabs}
\usepackage{siunitx}

\begin{document}

\begin{table}[h]
\centering
\begin{tabular}{|c|>{\centering\arraybackslash}p{1cm}V>{\centering\arraybackslash}p{1cm}|>{\centering\arraybackslash}p{1cm}|>{\centering\arraybackslash}p{1cm}|}
\hline
\multicolumn{2}{|cV}{\multirow{2}{*}{}} & \multicolumn{3}{c|}{Retort Diameter (mm)}             \\ \cline{3-5}
\multicolumn{2}{|cV}{}                              & 750          & 1000           & 1200      \\ \myhline
\multirow{3}{*}{Gas Flow (SLM)}         & 25        & 5.7          & 3.2            & 2.2       \\ \cline{2-5}
& 50        & 11           & 6.4            & 4.4       \\ \cline{2-5}
& 75        & 17           & 9.6            & 6.6       \\ \hline
\end{tabular}
\caption{Approximate Peclet values}
\label{tb:Peclet}
\end{table}

\begin{table}[h]
\centering
\begin{tabular}{ccccc}
\toprule
&          & \multicolumn{3}{c}{Retort Diameter}   \\
&          & \multicolumn{3}{c}{(\si{\mm})}        \\
\cmidrule{3-5}
&          & 750          & 1000           & 1200  \\
\midrule
\multirow{3}{*}{\makecell[cl]{Gas Flow \\ (SLM)}}& 25       & 5.7          & 3.2            & 2.2   \\
& 50       & 11           & 6.4            & 4.4   \\
& 75       & 17           & 9.6            & 6.6   \\
\bottomrule
\end{tabular}
\caption{Approximate Peclet values}
\label{tb:Peclet2}
\end{table}

\end{document}

In addition to the ! trick already mentioned by leandriis, you can use the w column type that's much lighter codewise.

Also you could remove the empty rectangle at the upper left. But there are better ways to typeset the table, in my opinion, and I present one below.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{array,multirow}
\usepackage{booktabs}

\makeatletter
\newcommand{\thickhline}{%
\noalign {\ifnum 0=}\fi \hrule height 1pt
\futurelet \reserved@a \@xhline
}
\newcolumntype{"}{!{\vline width 1pt}}
\makeatother

\smash{\begin{tabular}[t]{@{}#1@{}}#2\end{tabular}}%
}

\begin{document}

\begin{tabular}{| c | w{c}{1cm} " w{c}{1cm} | w{c}{1cm} | w{c}{1cm} |}
\cline{3-5}
\multicolumn{2}{c"}{\multirow{2}{*}{}} & \multicolumn{3}{c|}{Retort Diameter (mm)} \\
\cline{3-5}
\multicolumn{2}{c"}{}                               & 750          & 1000           & 1200 \\
\thickhline
\multirow{3}{*}{Gas Flow (SLM)}         & 25        & 5.7          & 3.2            & 2.2  \\
\cline{2-5}
& 50        & 11           & 6.4            & 4.4  \\
\cline{2-5}
& 75        & 17           & 9.6            & 6.6  \\
\hline
\end{tabular}

\bigskip

\begin{tabular}{ @{} c w{c}{1.5cm} w{c}{1.5cm} w{c}{1.5cm} @{} }
\toprule
\smashedheader{Gas Flow \\ (SLM)} & \multicolumn{3}{c@{}}{Retort Diameter (mm)} \\
\cmidrule(l){2-4}
& 750          & 1000           & 1200 \\
\midrule
25        & 5.7          & 3.2            & 2.2  \\
50        & 11           & 6.4            & 4.4  \\
75        & 17           & 9.6            & 6.6  \\
\bottomrule
\end{tabular}

\end{document}

Here is a way to do that tabular with {NiceTabular} of nicematrix.

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{nicematrix}
\usepackage{tikz}

\begin{document}

\begin{table}[h]
\centering
\renewcommand{\arraystretch}{1.2}
\begin{NiceTabular}{ccwc{1cm}wc{1cm}wc{1cm}}[hvlines]
\Block{2-2}{}               &     & \Block{1-3}{Retort Diameter (mm)} \\
&     & 750 & 1000 & 1200 \\
\Block{3-1}{Gas Flow (SLM)} & 25  & 5.7  & 3.2 & 2.2  \\
& 50  & 11   & 6.4 & 4.4  \\
& 75  & 17   & 9.6 & 6.6
\CodeAfter
\tikz \draw [line width = 1pt ] (3-|1) -- (3-|6) (1-|3) -- (6-|3) ;
\end{NiceTabular}
\caption{Approximate Peclet values}
\label{tb:Peclet}
\end{table}

\begin{table}[h]
\centering
\renewcommand{\arraystretch}{1.2}
\begin{NiceTabular}{ccwc{1cm}wc{1cm}wc{1cm}}[hvlines-except-corners=NW]
&     & \Block{1-3}{Retort Diameter (mm)} \\
&     & 750 & 1000 & 1200 \\
\Block{3-1}{Gas Flow (SLM)} & 25  & 5.7  & 3.2 & 2.2  \\
& 50  & 11   & 6.4 & 4.4  \\
& 75  & 17   & 9.6 & 6.6
\CodeAfter
\tikz \draw [line width = 1pt ] (3-|1) -- (3-|6) (1-|3) -- (6-|3) ;
\end{NiceTabular}
\caption{Approximate Peclet values}
\label{tb:Peclet}
\end{table}

\end{document}

You need several compilations (because nicematrix uses PGF/Tikz nodes).