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Kaleb the Swede

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11-03-2017 12:11 AM

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Hi all. I am designing a farmhouse table right now and the top is going to be very very big and beefy. The top will be inch and 3/4 thick maple 8 ft long by 4 feet wide. This is going to be for me and my wife. I was in the process of thinking about the feet which will be Trestle Style.

I am wondering what would be the correct width for the feet? I was thinking 39 inches, but when I drew that out on paper it seemed that it would be very large and be in the way of where people were sitting if they were ever on the end.

So what would be the correct or best width for the feet to overhang of the table to not make it tippy? Is there a ratio? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks in advance.

The Swede

-- Just trying to build something beautiful


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#1 posted 11-03-2017 12:13 AM

The feet will be something like this

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#2 posted 11-03-2017 11:47 AM

I am referring to the bottom of the sides only. Not the top or middle. I just want to see what the width they should be for a 48” top.

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#3 posted 11-03-2017 12:09 PM

I would think the feet should be recessed enough to prevent hitting your toe when you go to sit. Maybe 4” less than the top? Your number, 39” makes sense. Hope all is well.

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#4 posted 11-03-2017 01:35 PM

Hi Kaleb. I think 42” would be fine with a 48” top. With the weight of that top, you would have little worry of someone leaning on it and tipping it.
What I like to do is find something I like( like the photo you have in the first reply) and scale it to see how it comes out for the width you are using and go with that. I scaled that one at about 45” wide legs with the top at 48”.

Cheers, Jim

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#5 posted 11-03-2017 05:17 PM

Hi Mahdee and Jim, thanks a million all is well with me and the family.

That helps guys thanks. I drew it full sized on paper (big paper) and it seemed the feet were a little large. I just keep thinking they need to be smaller. I don’t know, maybe my eyes are playing tricks

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#6 posted 11-04-2017 02:35 PM

If you have some 4×4’s or 2×4’s laying around, make an I out of them using your dimensions and see how it stand.

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#7 posted 11-04-2017 09:00 PM

The feet should be about 80% of the tops width.

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#8 posted 11-05-2017 09:52 PM

Kaleb the Swede,

This web site, purportedly published by a custom furniture builder, offers what seems to me to be good advice on dimensioning dining tables. On page 10 under the section entitled “Pedestal Base”, Don Stephan offers his advice on the cantilever of a dining table top beyond the pedal base feet. 6” to 12” sounds about right to me…

http://www.stephanwoodworking.com/DiningTableDesignConsiderations1-16-14.pdf

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