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Forum topic by PhillipRCW posted 02-15-2019 07:51 PM 297 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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PhillipRCW

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02-15-2019 07:51 PM

I’m building a 6’ farmhouse table with an x-frame base and a stretcher in the middle. I’m wondering how far you typically inset the base on trestle tables like this? The tables I’ve built before were normal 4 post legs, so I didn’t have to deal with this. The table itself is 6’ x 3’ and we have a bench going on one side.

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#1 posted 02-15-2019 08:26 PM



I m building a 6 farmhouse table with an x-frame base and a stretcher in the middle. I m wondering how far you typically inset the base on trestle tables like this? The tables I ve built before were normal 4 post legs, so I didn t have to deal with this. The table itself is 6 x 3 and we have a bench going on one side.

- PhillipRCW

Setback, or overhang is just a design consideration. If you have the top already glued up to a rough size, you can play with it, preferably with the end user there to make size adjustments by simply moving it back and forth, and taking a look. Once you see what you like measure the overhang and go with that. Probably you will be working in a 2” to 4” overhang range.

The actual size of the crossbuck can be smaller if you use a wider support arm, which is what the top will lie upon. I like doing this, because you don’t end up with a knee knocker, and still get good centered support.

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#2 posted 02-15-2019 08:32 PM


The actual size of the crossbuck can be smaller if you use a wider support arm, which is what the top will lie upon. I like doing this, because you don t end up with a knee knocker, and still get good centered support.

- therealSteveN

Especially good advice for when doing a bench as mentioned.

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AlmostRetired

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#3 posted 02-16-2019 12:51 AM

I can’t remember where but I read that the end of the table hanging off the trestle base should be 1/9 the overall length of the table. I use this but never go less than 8 inches for knee room.

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