I’ve been working my skills up to building a dining table and have decided to take my inspiration from this mission design:
I’ve drawn the plans in SketchUp, but I have some questions which probably have standard answers.
The table top, I’ve decided will be 66×42. The website states two facts about dimensions:
24” wide base with levelers
42” between trestles on 66” and 72” tables
So here are the questions:
1) By my calculations, with three inch legs, that leaves 9” on the ends between the leg and the table edge. Is that comfortable enough for someone to sit there or should I shrink the distance between the trestles to 36” to give a 12” space at the end?
2) How about in the other dimension? How much space should I have between the outside of the leg and the edge of the table widthwise?
3) I am going to build out of alder and could use either 6/4 or 5/4 stock for the top. Opinions?
4) Do you think the stylistic diamonds on the trestles are to hide hardware that could actually be removed to disassemble the table for moving? I’ve thought about just continuing the mission style and making actual through tenons with pegs which would then allow for easy disassembly.
5) Speaking of that, would the table top be attached to the trestles in a way that allows for taking apart? I assume it’s the geared sliders that attach because the top has to be able to slide to allow for the leaves. Because of the lack of pictures, I’m sorta left to my imagination here.
I’d love to hear from people with knowledge of these things!