Art Table - Placement of Legs?

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04-17-2014 07:11 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table design table-legs

Hello all!

First post! Up front – I am NOT a carpenter or furniture designer. I am (or try to be) an artist … of sorts.

I am trying to build a table from discarded construction materials.

I found the cut-out for a round window at a site near where I live. The builder said I could have it (I didn’t steal it). I painted a design on the circle to be used as a table top.

The round table top is approximately 35 1/2” (side to side)

Question: How far apart should the legs be spaced?

I am considering using 2” x 2”s or 2” X 4”s – for straight legs.

Is there a formula or prescription for determining how close to the table edges the legs should be?

I have considered using 2×2’s. Each leg 32” long.
between each leg – at the top and bottom (or 4” up from the bottom) use a 12” length of 2×2.
This will create a 15” post (if I’m making myself understood).

So – will my idea worK Is there a better, basic and simple design that will work better?

Thanks for suffering me.


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#1 posted 04-17-2014 09:43 AM

First, I like 4-6 inches in from the sides for legs. However, that can depend on the style of legs.

Second, construction 2×2s or 2×4s are prone to warpage. What you can do is take 1×4s and rip in half. Glue and tightly clamp them together. Plane them down for your legs. It would prevent much of your warping.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 04-17-2014 11:46 AM

Thank you, Mr. Pittman!

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#3 posted 04-17-2014 12:26 PM

There is no formula, especially for an ‘art table’. Strive for pleasing-to-the-eye proportions and scale, while ensuring your table’s functionality w.r.t. strength and balance.

Your continued path will lead you to joinery and fasteners – enjoy.

And welcome to Lumberjocks.

Googled pics inspiration:

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#4 posted 04-17-2014 01:33 PM

Wow! Those pictures are certainly something to aspire towards! I’m sure I’ll end up doing something much more basic. If and when I ever get done, I’ll try to post some pictures.
A note: FINE furniture is BUILT. Art is MADE. I’m “making” a table! ;)

Thank you, redSLED!

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