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#1 posted 06-12-2018 12:30 AM

You can go longer on both pieces. I think they were about 22” originally and the ones I made are about 30”.

On mine they are 29 1-4” wide (what you call “long”). Viewed standing in front of the table, where you could operate the screw handles.

The depth (what you call “width”) of the three OEM pieces on mine is (front to back) 5”, 7-1/2” and 8-1/2”.

If you draw a vertical line down from the back of the rear 8 1/2” deep piece you’ll just about hit the rear legs, so yes, as you say, making this significantly deeper risks the table tipping back.

The 5” front, you could deepen to 8” and it would then be approx in line with the front of the step and still 3” or so short of the front legs, so no tip over. Obviously you’re extending over free air but unlike the other two pieces, it is bolted to the frame so a bit more stable. I have a TIG welder and may look into whether I can add a support under this front piece, though this pivots (something I’ve never used) so I’ll need to make sure any support maintains this. I have a lathe too so making extenders for the two handles is possible.

So I’ll definitely widen from 29 1-4 to 36. And I’ll probably deepen the front. I can’t say I’ve ever use the step.

Thanks for posting.

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