plans for dinning table bench with back??

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Forum topic by DaMulder posted 03-27-2018 08:18 PM 330 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-27-2018 08:18 PM

First time posting here. Just joined today. Last year I made a dining table for my cottage on the river out of an old Scotch Pine tree (that had been on our property for years) and some maple. Instead of joining my two pine pieces together I left a gap in the middle. I filled the gap with sand and river rock and then poured epoxy in the middle to make it appear as if a river is running down the middle of my table. (I will grab some pictures and see if I can attach them later).
Now I want to make a bench for one side of the table. I have some Ash from a rather large ash tree that succumbed to the nasty emerald ash borer. I have been looking on line for some plans and haven’t had any luck locating a good set.
My questions are these – 1.) What is the standard height of the bench? 2.) how deep should the bench be? 3.) Should there be any slope from the front of the bench to the back of the bench?, if so what should the angle be? 4.) I want to put a back on this bench. Should the back have an angle to it as well?, if so what should that angle be?

Any help would be much appreciated.


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#1 posted 03-27-2018 08:30 PM

Devin – drawings or sketches will always be of great help with questions such as this.

I was raised at a table that had the very bench you are talking about.
just a word of caution: 3 young boys can tip that thing over backwards quicker
than it takes to flick a spoonful of peas into your brothers face across the table.
the issue was solved by putting the bench back to a wall. (the food-flicking thing was never solved).
so – you may want to study the “tip over” issues in your design.


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#2 posted 03-28-2018 12:37 AM

Normal seat height runs 16” to 18”. The back height is more a design factor than function. The angle of the back of most seats it 10 to 12 degrees. The depth of the seat is 16 to 18” with no slope.

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#3 posted 03-28-2018 01:31 AM

Around 15 degrees is what you want for the back. Legs should probably be around 16”.

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#4 posted 03-28-2018 03:11 AM

Find the most comfortable chair you own and take your measurements from that. Certainly though, a right angle on a chair back is very uncomfortable. The seat should be flat. The above posters have given you some good ball park numbers.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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