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Forum topic by deborahvilano posted 09-23-2011 03:27 AM 1998 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-23-2011 03:27 AM

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Hi fellow Lumberjocks!

My husband and I are embarking on a project to convert our 20 year old neighborhood entrance sign into our dining room table. We are stumped on what kind of table base to use and how many legs should be on this table in order to keep it stable. I thought we could buy an old table and use the base from it, but my husband is concerned about the weight and size (10ft X 5 ft oval) of the table. He wants the legs or pedestals to be placed correctly so the table does not tip. We have searched the web and see no firm rules, but some must exist.

Does anyone know of particular rules, and if so, can you provide us with a web link or the info to compute the size of the legs needed along with their placement?

A photo of the sign is included.

If the photo is not showing up on this forum, you can Google, “Beachwalk on Vilano” and a photo of the sign can be easily found.

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#1 posted 10-01-2011 06:15 PM

The table leg thickness will largely be based on aesthetics because they’re going to have to be visible at the “corners”. I used 4” x 4” legs because I thought they would need to be beefy. I found the imaginary corner of the table by projecting from the center to the corner of the 10’ x 5’ box. Since the leg shouldn’t be on the edge of the table, I offset it by 4” along the diagonal. Then it’s easy to build the aprons between. You can draw most of this on the underside of the table or make a template. If you want to encapsulate the table top, there’s really cool epoxy that you can pour over the top to make it like a commercial bar top. This looks supportive enough to me. Private Message me if you have any questions. Good luck!

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#2 posted 10-02-2011 01:05 AM

Have you considered Trestle table design for a base?
Norm did a large trestle style table this way with a mortised center support in the middle of the trestle beam.
Just a thought.

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#3 posted 10-02-2011 01:17 AM

I think a trestle is the right look for that oval.

Here's a post which talks about ideal proportions of top length to trestle layout. The poster shameless stole all this stuff from Fine Woodworking. Purloiner.



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