4/4 or 6/4 for table legs

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07-30-2019 01:56 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table hickory

farmhouse style table out of hickory. Top is 4/4 with 6/4 around the edges. I’m starting on the legs. I was going to make one wide leg on either side out of 6/4 and put a little curve on the sides so we can tuck the benches underneath. I’m wondering if 6/4 would be a little overkill. Would 4/4 be strong enough. 18” wide on the top and curve the sides but have about 18” wide on the bottom as well. Any thoughts, 4/4 or 6/4? I plan on making a stretcher of some sort as well to keep the legs stable

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#1 posted 07-30-2019 12:25 PM

Personally if you went 6/4, at least by look on the top I would want the balance of 6/4 on the legs, so they don’t look spindly. Actually I would go in the middle with 5/4 because 6/4 would likely look clunky. I think all dining table tops should be 5/4, just because, less looks like Ikea.

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#2 posted 07-30-2019 12:49 PM

It sounds to me like you’re not making legs but rather a trestle or pedestal base? I’d use the thickest material you have, you want a heavy base for stability. then you have some thickness for shaping too.

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#3 posted 07-30-2019 09:14 PM

Thanks for the thoughts. It is a trestle style base. I ordered some 6/4 and I’ll mill that down. I’ll post some pictures when it’s done.

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#4 posted 01-14-2021 07:12 PM

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