72" round table - one pedestal?

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Forum topic by ednarg posted 04-26-2015 07:04 PM 908 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-26-2015 07:04 PM

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I am building a 72” round table out of 1” black walnut. There will be a 4” apron. I was thinking of using a 10” pedestal base with legs that are around 14” in length. My question is, is this enough support? Should the legs be longer? Two pedestals? Any advice on support for the pedestal attached to the table?
Appreciate the help

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#1 posted 04-26-2015 07:47 PM

You don’t say how many legs, but assuming 4 the widest area of support across the legs will be 38” leaving a 17” overhang at the widest point of the leg. That’s probably OK but I think there will be a problem between the legs.

By my calculations the base will proscribe a square 27 X 27” (26 7/8 to be exact).
Therefore there will be roughly 13 1/2 ” of support across each side of the square, leaving a 22 1/2” table top “overhang”.

This seems like too much to me. I have a double pedestal table and looking at it I estimate no more than 12” of overhang.

Seems to me you either need 6 legs but whether 4 or 6 I would make them longer, say 17”.

Best to do a mock up or look at some other tables see how far the legs extend.

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#2 posted 04-26-2015 09:10 PM

Thanks. Was thinking 4 legs. Should I do an 18” pedestal? The customer really wants a single

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#3 posted 04-26-2015 09:29 PM

Over the years I’ve come to the conclusion that the best rule of thumb is the leg spread should not be less than 80% of the top width. So with a 10” center base the legs will be 23” to 24” for a 72” top.

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#4 posted 04-27-2015 02:30 AM

I have had two 72” tables with a single pedestal. I think 18” is ok but I would have angled supports from the pedestal up the the top. About another 10” would be great, and you would never see them. Or easier is to mount the table to a square support between the top and the pedestal.

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