|Forum topic by LiveEdge||posted 02-24-2014 03:54 AM||686 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
02-24-2014 03:54 AM
I’ve been drawing up some plans to make a pair of trestle benches and while working on the dimensions I wanted some opinions on whether they are engineered enough for weight in the middle and for side to the side movement.
The bench is 42” in length and the legs will probably be 38” outside to outside. I was planning on two 5/4 or 4/4 boards for the seat with one sitting on the legs and the other directly on top with some extra length.
I was planning on the ties between trestles being maybe 1.5×1.5 (two S4S 1×2 glued together) with through tenons glued but not wedged.
One question is whether the upper tie should be flush with the top of the leg so as to add some more support for the bench wood? I could accomplish that by making that tie more rectangular than square.
Thoughts? Here’s a picture. The wood will be alder.
Link to the bench