Coming to close on a kitchen table -- top is now down, its circular with a
48" radius. This weekend I am working on the pedestal or supporting
structure. The plan for the pedestal is to use an "X" on the floor of half
lapped boards at 90 degrees and the vertical riser is an open structure of 4
The question is to support a table that is 48" in diameter is there a
minimum size needed for the feet -- the "X" on the floor -- should it extend
to the end of the table -- 1/2 the distance to the edge 2/3 etc. I can
handle the esthetic angle -- just wondering about the engineering.
Yes, there is a minumum size...wide enough so it doesn't tip :)
Seriously, you need to make it small enough so that it doesn't impede
feet but wide enough not to tip. I assume people will be sitting so
that they are in the hollow portions of the "X" so your only problem is
the tipping potential. On my own 48" round table I inset the four legs
by 6". Could have inset them 12" without problems (as long as no one
sat on the table edge) but I liked the wider look.
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36" would be pretty safe for a heavy kitchen table.
Would you consider 3 legs? A little harder to build, but I hate the
way 4 legged tables *always* rock. Although I have seen some spring
loaded feet that are supposed to minimize it...
I measure some 48" round tables at work today -- they all seem to have
"feet" that extend 36" (18" from center). The tables varied in Design,
formica w/steel pedestal and cherry or walnut with wood pedestal -- all had
the same foot print -- must be an accepted standard........
I built a copy of an antique 60" round table. I just measured off the
existing table. Measuring straight from toe to toe is 48". I guess
about 12" shorter than the top is what the guys are finding with the
48" tables too.
On Fri, 21 Oct 2005 05:42:40 -0400, "Sam the Cat"
> 36" would be pretty safe for a heavy kitchen table.
> Would you consider 3 legs? A little harder to build, but I hate
> way 4 legged tables *always* rock. Although I have seen some
> loaded feet that are supposed to minimize it...
Actually, a 3 legged table has to have legs that extend 40% longer
than four legged table to have the same stability.
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