1" top on modern dining table too thin?

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04-22-2021 05:04 PM

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I know that I’m probably worrying too much but I’m having a table built for me out of walnut. About 72” long, 3’ wide.
It’s a mid-mod style.

Finished top will be a hair under 1”. Woodworker has sold them in his shop at 1” with no issues in past sales. So there is no overt reason to believe it won’t work fine, I guess is what I’m saying. Thin is also in-line with the style.

I’d like this to be a heirloom piece that lasts a good long time. Is 1” too thin for longevity? Better to go 5/4? Something about table top rules I thought I had learned that suggested a little bit bigger might be better is hanging over me.


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#1 posted 04-22-2021 05:09 PM

Short answer: No, not if its built properly.

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#2 posted 04-22-2021 05:15 PM

As long as it looks ok to the pickiest person in the family, then its fine. Personally I like the look and “feel” of thicker 5/4 or 6/4 under-beveled to appear thinner at the edges. 3/4 or 7/8 feels chinsy to me on a large table, But its just personal opinion.

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#3 posted 04-22-2021 05:25 PM

IMHO – Depends on; design, size, and on how many intoxicated naked people are allowed to dance on top of table at same time? :-(0)

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#4 posted 04-22-2021 06:01 PM

You could add a 1” skirt, but that would be a little tough after the ends were installed. If it was my option I’d go that route it would add very little weight. it could even be set back 1/4” for a little reveal. 6’ is not that long for a 1” top either way you will be fine

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#5 posted 04-22-2021 06:03 PM

Thanks everyone! Sounds like 1” will be fine structurally—if I’m reading that consensus properly.


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#6 posted 04-22-2021 06:29 PM

Most of the tables from the 50-60ies where I live (DK) have tops that are about that thick andt is rare to find ones that have sagged noticable. They are mostly made with veneered high grade plywood. If you go that way you should be ok

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#7 posted 04-22-2021 11:00 PM

It all depends on how it is supported. If you are just going to screw hair pin legs to it, then I’d say no it is too thin. But if it has a properly constructed apron then yes, 1” is adequate.

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