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Forum topic by rantingrich posted 01-03-2015 02:19 AM 640 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-03-2015 02:19 AM

I am drawing up plans the make a large round dinning table. I would like to make the LEGS as small as possible but still have a stable table. sort of like this table.

But larger.

I was thinking I could make the support LEGS as short as I can and still have a stable table IF I had Five Feet/legs instead of just 4.

If you look at the image the main column had 8 sides. via the four legs. I plan to need 10 sides in the main column for the five legs.

Has anyone done this and or what are your suggestions

-- Rich

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#1 posted 01-03-2015 02:34 AM

Never done that but it would be fairly simple and the use of sketchup would make planning that a cinch. Have fun with the project.

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#2 posted 01-03-2015 02:42 AM

Just speculating here…. IMO if the table top diameter is too large in comparison to the furthest most point the feet contact the floor, then it doesn’t matter whether you have 5 legs or 4. Someone placing their weight (or heavy object) at the table edge, it may tip over….Again, just speculating

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#3 posted 01-03-2015 02:43 AM

I don’t think having more legs will increase the stability. It is a leverage problem as I see it, shorter legs = less stability no matter how many there are.

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#4 posted 01-03-2015 04:19 AM

I find a good rule of thumb is not to make the base spread less than 80% of the top.

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#5 posted 01-03-2015 04:27 AM

There’s only way to shorten the feet and retain stability. That’s to pack as much weight into the lower half of the pedestal as space permits. Lead would probably work but putting that much lead in close proximity to an eating area sounds like a bad idea.

Gold would be even better but I doubt it’s affordable even at today’s low gold prices.

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#6 posted 01-04-2015 03:33 AM

You can still use lead as long as it is in a sealed container. A large coffee can will probably fir inside the column, and it can be filled with lead shot, or just pour molten lead in it and let it cool. Cap it with the plastic lid that comes with the can.
Shape the lead to the needed shape to fit inside the column, minus 1/8” all around, and take it to a Line-X shop, and have them coat it on all sides 1/8” thick.
Or wrap it with resin-impregnated fibergass cloth.
If you have a welder, weld together a steel container to fit, with a small fill hole. When filled, weld a circle over the hole, or use a screw plug.

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#7 posted 01-04-2015 12:48 PM

I do not think that putting lead in the pedestal will do much good. As stated it is a matter of leverage and with short legs it will tip when someone leans on it.

IMHO there is no substitute for legs of the right length.

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#8 posted 01-04-2015 07:54 PM

Adding weight will definitely make a difference. The old playground see-saw demonstrates the relationship between the two perfectly. You can either utilize a light weight and lots of leverage or a heavy weight and minimal leverage.

Weebles work on a similar principle. Based upon their shape, they should tip and fall at the slightest touch. They remain upright due to having the right center of gravity.

We’ve taken advantage of this little fact many times in building candlesticks for Paschal candles. When you have a 60” tall object that weighs several pounds and only has a 12” wide base, you need extra weight at the bottom.

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