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Posted on 8' Hairpin Leg Dining Table - 1st timer, need help

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#1 posted 01-12-2016 01:38 PM

Phil, here are a couple tools I use: First, I determined the weight of the top. 1.5”x42”x96”=3.5 cubic feet of wood. According to wood-database a cubic foot of hard maple weighs 44 pounds, so your top would be 154 pounds. Then, I used the Sagulator to determine how much the table might sag under various loads. Through trial and error I found that you could put about another 150 pounds on the table (total 304 pounds) and still have an acceptable sag of 0.02 inches per foot. Based on this, I don’t think you would need an apron. You can go through the same exercise with the other woods you mentioned. IMO, John Boos is overpriced, but then, I would make my own top from rough sawn stock. If you have a way to transport the top, I think you can have it made locally for a reasonable price. I would probably use a tung oil finish rather than mineral oil which doesn’t harden, but that is just me. Good luck with your project.

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