|Forum topic by spunwood||posted 10-01-2010 05:19 AM||1954 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
10-01-2010 05:19 AM
A few weeks ago, a friend asked/was convinced to let us build a bench/bookcase for her house. She really wanted something sturdy, and I originally planned to build it out of 2×4’s. But lowe’s has wide boards that are 3/4” thick. I really wanted to build it in this style:
I love this style, although I believe his top is 1” thick.
My design has a 4.5’ x 17” top supported by 4 legs just like in his picture which are each about 17” apart and fit into feet which he does not have in his design. The bench will be high (23”) with two middle shelves and a full bottom shelf. Our friend’s highest priority was book space.
I will have a 2 support beams running accross the back horizontally.
My question is this:
If sagulator the sag factor is okay, should I listen to it? I am still worried about building a bench for more than one person to sit on with only 3/4” thick wood.
Am I underestimating the strength of the pine, the joinery, and supports?
Love to hear your thoughts.
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