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Forum topic by Minorhero posted 09-14-2014 03:26 AM 768 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Minorhero

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09-14-2014 03:26 AM

Hello,

I am making a 6 foot long dining room table bench out of cherry and some hard maple. The bench will feature 10/4 legs and 6/4 stock for everything else. The bench is 18” high and 16” wide. My concern is whether I could support 500 lbs of weight on this bench without it failing. If not, then whats the best way to preserve the design but make fixes to it?

Here is a link to the google sketchup model.

And here are some pictures of the bench.

Any thoughts?


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bubbastinks

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#1 posted 09-14-2014 03:42 AM

I would think so and would build it with confidence if it were me.

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pintodeluxe

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#2 posted 09-14-2014 04:32 AM

I have had good luck with my two rail bench, a design very much similar to yours.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/99819
My tops were 8/4 and finished at 1-1/2” thick. If you are worried about the seat boards sagging, just make the top rails a little wider. 6/4 thick x 3” wide rails should be quite stout.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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LiveEdge

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#3 posted 09-14-2014 04:46 AM

Behold! The sagulator.

I made some guesses for you and it looked ok. You can put the numbers in yourself.

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Minorhero

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#4 posted 09-14-2014 12:17 PM

Excellent, any thoughts on whether I can glue the top right to the aprons and legs, or should I be worried about wood movement?

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Logan Windram

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#5 posted 09-14-2014 02:01 PM

Always think about wood movement. I’d be careful about gluing that top to that base, there is a lot of movement in that top… Also be careful how much expansion there will be in those ends between those 2 posts. I’d probably do some hefty tabs screwed to top that slot into the base, much like a table top. That would allow for movement but still secure the top down nicely.

Good luck, post some pics!

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