Sun, Aug 20, 2006, 5:51am (EDT-3) email@example.com waves and says
I'm building a trestle table <snip> I have a book that says one needs
24" seat center to seat center to acommodate elbows while eating. This
would really push the table size as I'm going to accomodate three per
side and two at the ends. I was hoping that I could get away with 22".
Your table, you can make it any damn size you want to.
I've attended family gatherings/dinners when I was a kid, and it
was elbow to elbow. Separate table(s) for the smaller kids. The adult
table, I'd say we were about at your 22". Uncomfortable as all Hell.
You had to hold one arm kinda back, to make room for your neighbor's
arm. Using a knife and a fork at the same time was damn near
impossible. Hell, my shoulders are right at 22". Your book's 24"
would only be marginally better. I would say 30" woud do, but 36" would
be one Hell of a lot better. Unless that is you only plan on inviting
people once. Me, if I found out I'd have to do my eating in that
crowded conditions I'd probably only show up once.
But, as I said, your table, make it any size you want. Me, I'd
consider either a larger table, or more than one table.
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