|Forum topic by SKlaus||posted 04-28-2015 12:07 AM||869 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
04-28-2015 12:07 AM
Good Evening everyone, I have just started the process of designing by far my largest project to date. The boys at the station have mentioned building an “heirloom” dining table to replace the cheap standard issue melamine ones we have. I jumped at the opportunity to design something and build it, and place our mark for future generations of firefighters at that station, so here I am.
Just some background, The table top will be one solid unit, measuring over 15 feet x 3 ft x 2.5 inches. It will be finished in bar top epoxy, with an inset label in the center. I estimate that it will weigh in excess of 600- 700 lbs. I will be building the base of the top with double thick laminated 3/4” plywood with 12 foot runners under it to withstand the flex that the top would experience, especially during transport. Dont worry… we have a 20 foot trailer, and 20 strapping young lads (at least at shift change) to move the piece into place in the dining room.
I will be using 2 hydrants, one at each end as supports for the beast. followed by 2 more middle supports between. the 2 hydrants will sit on a cross/spider pedestal made with 3-4” stock and the middle supports will be simple T design and used as helpers.
My question is how wide should the cross/spider be to support such a large, heavy and very precarious table? obviously Im not worried about it tipping end to end. But side to side is a very different story.
If anyone has any ideas, I am all ears!! Thanks ahead of Time!!
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