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Tabletop thickness for 12’ Shaker dining table

by Mark
posted 10-17-2018 08:48 PM


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PPK

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#1 posted 10-17-2018 09:44 PM

Oh man, yeah, 4/4 would certainly be too thin. 5/4 would be better. I guess part of it really depends on your design too. A skirt can help with stability, as well as if you’ve got some nice strong support under that 12’ span…

-- Pete

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#2 posted 10-17-2018 10:00 PM

This is 10’ and 1.375” finished thickness with 4” aprons. It’s as thin as I would go.

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Mark

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#3 posted 10-17-2018 10:10 PM

Still working on the precise design details. The client does want the table to appear fairly primitive (not rustic), somewhat puritan-era. A lot of those tables were very thin, with long expanses away from the feet at each end.

Other than thick aprons and a stretcher, what else could I do? Client likes this style, though yes.. note the sag. Facepalm.

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#4 posted 10-18-2018 12:31 PM

I’ve got a dining room table that expands to 10’ that doesn’t have huge aprons (no sag) but the mechanism that makes it expand for the leaves is metal. Perhaps you could shore up or stiffen the aprons and top with some 1” angle iron? If you put it right up against the apron and color it to blend in with a finish on the bottom, it would be almost unnoticeable.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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PPK

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#5 posted 10-18-2018 01:11 PM

Ha! I meant Apron, not skirt. Der da der.

-- Pete

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#6 posted 10-18-2018 02:09 PM

I wouldn’t go thinner than 5/4, 6/4 would be better. Bevel the underside and they won’t know the difference anyway.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#7 posted 10-18-2018 02:56 PM


I ve got a dining room table that expands to 10 that doesn t have huge aprons (no sag) but the mechanism that makes it expand for the leaves is metal. Perhaps you could shore up or stiffen the aprons and top with some 1” angle iron? If you put it right up against the apron and color it to blend in with a finish on the bottom, it would be almost unnoticeable.

- Lazyman

I forgot to mention that the top is only 3/4” thick including veneer. I have never checked to see if the core is particle board or real wood, but even without aprons that go the entire length (because of the leaves), it seems to be plenty strong.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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