Dining table top thickness

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Forum topic by Chashint posted 01-16-2018 10:04 PM 273 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-16-2018 10:04 PM

I have been looking at the various dining table projects and on occasion I see critical comments about table top thickness being excessive.
Is there a rule of thumb in regards to table tops and how to appropriately choose thickness ?

Thanks for any direction y’all may offer.

-- Regards, Charlie

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#1 posted 01-16-2018 11:04 PM

Charlie, I am no expert so take this FWIW. I have made table tops between 0.75” and 1.25”. I think 0.75” is too thin to my eye. Others have made them 2-3” thick when using a slab. Some of it depends on the look/style you want to achieve and what looks right to you and your client. Draw your design full size or make a mock up from cardboard to help you visualize the finished product.

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#2 posted 01-16-2018 11:10 PM

3/4” is okay if there is an apron around the perimeter. Otherwise I prefer 7/8” or 1” tabletop thickness.

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#3 posted 01-16-2018 11:21 PM

Wow, quick replies, thank you.

-- Regards, Charlie

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#4 posted 01-16-2018 11:27 PM

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#5 posted 01-17-2018 03:10 AM

Some people would absolutely prefer a thicker table top. But the issue in my mind is the added weight. If a thick table causes it to be so thick that it can’t be easily moved, then it could be problematic. On the other hand, some folks don’t care about that particular problem, and they like the durability of a thick (over 1 inch of thickness) top.

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