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AlaskaGuy

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05-19-2021 02:35 AM

I’m in the beginning stages of designing a trestle table. The table will be 30 inches to the top. It will be 48’’ wide and 72’ long. The legs will be 48’’ apart with 12 overhangs on the ends. The top is 2 inches thick.

The input I’m looking for is for proportions, and over all look. The photo is my first mock up.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!


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#1 posted 05-19-2021 02:57 AM

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#2 posted 05-19-2021 03:10 AM



- LeeRoyMan

That was my other choice but still with the smaller space between the legs. That space is will have a rectangular hole where the stretcher comes through.

Thoughts on thickness. I’m thinking 2 inches on the foot and upper arm and 1 1/2 on the two legs.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#3 posted 05-19-2021 03:21 AM

48” wide is a long reach across the table, 42” might be a bit more manageable. Ever try to use a sheet of ply goods for a table? Its a reach.

Also, is there enough seating space between the table and the walls? Is there a chair rail? You may need some if things get tight.

Normally you figure you need a minimum of 36” between the edge of the table and the wall. More if your table is long and you need access to the middle seats.

3’ either side plus 4’ for the table says its a squeeze in a 10’ wide space. 6’ long needs 12’ minimum.

3:2 is an odd proportion for the top. 2:1 might seem better.

The top and bottom of the trestles don’t have to be the full width of the top. 36” wide supporting a 48” top only has 6” unsupported at either side.

Visualize a door as your table. Doors are 80” by 30” or 36”. Add another foot to that.

Make it however your significant other wants …

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#4 posted 05-19-2021 03:51 AM


48” wide is a long reach across the table, 42” might be a bit more manageable. Ever try to use a sheet of ply goods for a table? Its a reach.

Also, is there enough seating space between the table and the walls? Is there a chair rail? You may need some if things get tight.

Normally you figure you need a minimum of 36” between the edge of the table and the wall. More if your table is long and you need access to the middle seats.

3 either side plus 4 for the table says its a squeeze in a 10 wide space. 6 long needs 12 minimum.

3:2 is an odd proportion for the top. 2:1 might seem better.

The top and bottom of the trestles don’t have to be the full width of the top. 36” wide supporting a 48” top only has 6” unsupported at either side.

Visualize a door as your table. Doors are 80” by 30” or 36”. Add another foot to that.

Make it however your significant other wants …

- Madmark2


48” wide is a long reach across the table, 42” might be a bit more manageable. Ever try to use a sheet of ply goods for a table? Its a reach.

Yes I have. In fact my current table that I’m replacing is 52 inch wide.

Also, is there enough seating space between the table and the walls? Is there a chair rail? You may need some if things get tight.

Actually this table wil only have 2 chairs . One in the middle are each long side.

Normally you figure you need a minimum of 36” between the edge of the table and the wall. More if your table is long and you need access to the middle seats.

This does not apply in this case. One end will be right up to a wall. The other 3 sides have tons of space.

3:2 is an odd proportion for the top. 2:1 might seem better.

I’m not sure if I understand that.

The top and bottom of the trestles don’t have to be the full width of the top. 36” wide supporting a 48” top only has 6” unsupported at either side.

Agreed, but after drawing it out a time or 2 in sketch up this is the look I like.

Visualize a door as your table. Doors are 80” by 30” or 36”. Add another foot to that.
I don’t have to visualize a door. They are all around me.

Make it however your significant other wants …

To a degree yes.

Thanks for your reply

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#5 posted 05-19-2021 04:19 AM

Just throwing this out but what if there weren’t the two legs and it was just one solid leg with a thru mortise for the stretcher?

Similar to this but with your two upper and lower trestle pieces

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#6 posted 05-19-2021 04:31 AM

They make 60 round tables so 48” should be fine. Design is about likes. See something you like, copy it.

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#7 posted 05-19-2021 04:46 AM



Just throwing this out but what if there weren t the two legs and it was just one solid leg with a thru mortise for the stretcher?

Similar to this but with your two upper and lower trestle pieces

- sansoo22


The space between the 2 legs is for something like this.

https://youtu.be/SDPTKF_3F6U?t=939

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#8 posted 05-19-2021 04:51 AM

Well disregard me then that looks better. I like how the thin gap and the tusk or wedge for the tenon are at perpendicular angles.

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#9 posted 05-19-2021 01:53 PM

cant wait to see it finished it will be a beautiful table :<))))))))))

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#10 posted 05-19-2021 01:57 PM

I agree more space between pillars. On the one I built, I put a block between pillars for trestle.

I would ditch the curved lower support and do them like uppers.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#11 posted 05-19-2021 03:40 PM



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I would ditch the curved lower support and do them like uppers.

- Robert

That was my first thought too. I like the gap in the trestles like LRM showed in the first post. I also think I’d rather see hard lines than gentle curves on the trestle like Robert suggests. Just a matter of personal preference though.

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#12 posted 05-19-2021 04:24 PM



cant wait to see it finished it will be a beautiful table :<))))))))))

- GR8HUNTER

I’ll post photos but don’t hold your breath. I won’t start the actual build until around Oct. Our summers are short and winters long, so I tend to outdoor stuff in the summer. Also, I’ll have order the wood. So the plan is get the design done, order the wood, let the wood sit in the shop for a while and build in the winter.

Also I’ll be watching to see what lumber prices do.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#13 posted 05-19-2021 05:00 PM

Ive been told to hold out, but you never know. I want to purchase plywood for winter projects. Hit or miss. It could drop because of demand, but this could be a year later before we see it.

A guy here in town with a gas station owned by himself bought gas when it wax almost $4 a gallon. A week later gas prices dropped. And he got stuck with 3 choices. Continue the high price to cover his expenses, drop the price to keep up with larger competition or use it up personally and stop selling gas…

He no longer sells gas.

My guess is if home depo, lowes, menards, etc have already purchased lumber for next year I’m sure they are paying premium and high prices will continue. .

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#14 posted 05-19-2021 06:53 PM

Some changes

Thinned the top from 2’’ to 1-1/2’‘

3 different leg changes

Leg flush with gap between.

One solid leg inset a bit from the edge.

2 leg with gap and inset from the edge.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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LeeRoyMan

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#15 posted 05-19-2021 07:54 PM

This is more proportionate to my eye.
I like the legs set in about an inch and the top I would leave at 1 3/4”

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