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#1 posted 04-18-2018 10:33 PM

Selecting birch, floating ends (since it s not rigidly supported on the ends, can still pivot), and put in dimensions of 74×39x1.5 and 30lb center point load, you get a deflection of only 0.07in. You can put 100lbs before it switches to borderline.

- jmartel

Ah, okay. I tried that site but figured I was doing something wrong when it said it could support almost 600 pounds total and remain acceptable. Does this mean insetting the legs by 6” would not be necessary? Could I get away with less, or should I do 6” anyway?

- Rex4748

I think you should inset the legs, but because I like that look better.

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