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12-08-2013 04:42 AM

So I am getting rid of our round dining(I hate round tables in smaller spaces, rectangle tables are so much more useful).

my questions are on dimennsions, Its going to be maybe between 48-60 inches long haven’t quite decided. But my questions are, as follows;

how tall should the table be? whats standard table height?

How wide should the table be as well?

How thick should the aprons and legs be?

I’d like to keep within whole number ratios if possible(i’d like to start including that in all my design but im very new to woodworking and designing as well.

I was going to go with a trestle table design but I think I’m going to go with four square legs and and apron(shaker I believe)and make the next one a trestle design.

It will be made out of some reclaimed 5×6 oak beams from recycle north in Burlington, VT. Got a great deal I think 2 buck a linear foot.

thanks in advanced


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#1 posted 12-08-2013 05:00 AM

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#2 posted 12-08-2013 05:21 AM

Thank you jumbo that article was great and answered some of my questions.

Did some more searching and found this, great article. Just in case anyone else finds this thread.

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#3 posted 12-08-2013 02:57 PM

Here’s what I did with some 100 year old oak that was given to me.

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#4 posted 12-08-2013 03:13 PM

Although the standards Jack list are good I like to customize table’s closer to what the FWW article has, taking into consideration where it’s going who’s going to use it and what size chairs are going to be used.

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#5 posted 12-08-2013 03:26 PM

a1Jim +1. it’s really annoying to sit at a table that the chair height and table height are not matched properly.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 12-08-2013 03:44 PM

I am with Monte on this one. Have to include what the chairs are going to be in order to get the right height for the table. Make sure you include cushions that might be in the chairs. The idea of whole numbers is noble, but a fraction of an inch can make a difference.

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