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Forum topic by nate22 posted 01-26-2013 04:37 AM 887 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-26-2013 04:37 AM

I am working on a small coffee table it measures 17” wide by 22 1/2” long. My question is what thickness should I use for the top. Should I use 2” or 1” for the top. I am using 1” for the top of the one I’m making now. That’s all I had in my shop to use. So what would you use. Here are a couple of pictures to get a idea of what it will look like.

The first picture is the frame and legs it is upside down in the picture. The second one is the top.

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#1 posted 01-26-2013 04:50 AM

It matters only to your sense of aesthetics. A 2” top could make it a bit tipsy (top heavy) because the rest is light weight. With a molded edge treatment, you could make a 1” top look like it is much thicker than it really is.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL

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#2 posted 01-26-2013 02:43 PM

As Dan said, beauty is really in the eye of the beholder, but my vote is for one inch.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#3 posted 01-26-2013 08:28 PM

I’d go for 5/4 stock on that.

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#4 posted 01-27-2013 08:28 PM

I just made a 22X42 coffee table out of oak; 2”X2” legs with the skirt 2 3/4 wide. I went with 1” thick top and I think it looks good against the rest of the dimensions.

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#5 posted 04-22-2013 05:09 AM

very nice..

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