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Travis

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09-10-2019 09:59 PM

Hi all,

I’m finishing some built-in bench seating in my dinette and preparing for the next project, the dining table. The wife and I are trying to go with a modern look and we found a design we both really loved.

It was featured here on Wood Whisperer, and there are some plans linked from the video. Here is the front page of those plans in case you don’t want to go to the video:

I like the angles and the clean look, and can also conceive of it being within my ability range (newer woodworker here). However, I was worried about mixing table legs with bench seating. I assume it will be a heavier table so I don’t think scooting it in and out as people get to/from the bench will be a realistic option.

What do you guys think, will my kids come to rue the day I ever built this table? Can this be modified so the legs are less obtrusive (I assume there are physical standards for how far away from edges legs should be)? Or should I find a different design, e.g., trestle table, that will be more conducive to bench seating? If a different design is in order, any recommendations for somewhat simple, modern plans?

-- The plan is wrong; my finished piece is right.


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#1 posted 09-11-2019 02:11 PM

i have a booth with bench seating on both sides and went with a trestle table design,it was the only style that really worked with people sliding in on long benches.a table like that would probably be hard to get in and out with legs flaired out.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 09-11-2019 03:04 PM



i have a booth with bench seating on both sides and went with a trestle table design,it was the only style that really worked with people sliding in on long benches.a table like that would probably be hard to get in and out with legs flaired out.

- pottz

Thanks for sharing your experiences Pottz. I was afraid of that because I had settled on this design, but would rather change plans than end up with a table that frustrates me everyday.

-- The plan is wrong; my finished piece is right.

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#3 posted 09-11-2019 04:30 PM


i have a booth with bench seating on both sides and went with a trestle table design,it was the only style that really worked with people sliding in on long benches.a table like that would probably be hard to get in and out with legs flaired out.

- pottz

Thanks for sharing your experiences Pottz. I was afraid of that because I had settled on this design, but would rather change plans than end up with a table that frustrates me everyday.

- Travis

i have a booth with bench seating on both sides and went with a trestle table design,it was the only style that really worked with people sliding in on long benches.a table like that would probably be hard to get in and out with legs flaired out.

- pottz

Thanks for sharing your experiences Pottz. I was afraid of that because I had settled on this design, but would rather change plans than end up with a table that frustrates me everyday.

- Travis


if the kids complain thats one thing but if swmbo doesn’t like it,well you’ll probably be making aanother table-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 09-12-2019 12:18 AM


if the kids complain thats one thing but if swmbo doesn t like it,well you ll probably be making aanother table-lol.

- pottz

LOL, you know that’s right!

-- The plan is wrong; my finished piece is right.

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