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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-29-2015, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
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My wife wants a rustic kind of table for our new house similar to the one in the attached picture. For some reason she has decided that it needs to fit 3 people each side and two at each end which means it is going to need to be somewhere around 2.4m long and 1.5m wide.

As she wants it lime washed I plan to use Pine and preferably stock with some minor split,knots and imperfections.

At the moment I am looking for some plans of tables with the legs passing through the table top as shown in the picture.

Any advice or pointer to suitable plans would be appreciated
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Can't help Alan but someone will have some advice for you.

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Big and heavy, huh? I guess as long as it will fit through the doorway, you should be good to go.

I saw a farm house table on Steve Ramsey's WWMM seb site. It is made from 2x10 and 4x4's. Guaranteed to be heavy. There is a Sketchup file drawn by the guy that built the table free for download. It is similar, just not as big as you are describing. But you might get some ideas.

Here is the link...Farm House Table.
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1.5m sounds very wide for a dining table, I think your guests who are facing each other will feel a long way apart. A 4ft/1.2m width is quite a big table, even to seat 10 or more. You might want to try mocking something up in situ using a 2.4 x 1.2m sheet of ply just to test the size before you start construction.
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I tend to "accidentally" drop those home decor magazines on the way in from the mailbox.

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Draw your own plans and you will most certainly appreciate the project more...
I never build anything from plans other than the plans I design and draw out on paper. I find it keeps things more fun that way and not just mechanically following the steps someone else created.

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I made mine 42" wide and don't find it wide enough to sit two people comfortably. A 24" span per person is a commonly "standard".
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The first important thing is your own ideas. You have a head start there. Plans can expand from there. You might even find some great used lumber @ low cost.
I would suggest you do a search on YOUTUBE. They might even tell you how to build. You might also source out your needs with a book <Illustrated Cabinetmaking> by Bill Hylton/American WW. The book is my go-to source for any construction questions I run into on a project. It's worth every nickel!!
Good luck with your project. It sounds like a lot of fun. Hope you will keep us posted with your photos too.

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Thanks guys. A couple of sites to look at later today. SWMBO has me booked for the end of a paintbrush for most of the day!

I think the size she wants is too wide (and maybe too long). I suggested 1.2m width but it did not find favour although it was not dismissed out of hand. I was also concerned that the length might cause the top to sag and to ensure it doesn't I'd need to make the top quite robust (thick). I have not decided on the thickness of the top and that is one reason for looking for some plans- to give me an idea.

The house is not built yet but I might mock something up sizewise in Sketchup and see how it looks in the space available. I guess a lot depends on the chairs that she decides on.

Our new home is at the beach and she is keen to get that "outdoors" look.

She can't find what she wants to buy so I have suggested that, with a new Router and a few "essential" tools I might be able to make something. The cost of the tools would be less than a decent table. That idea passed the test so the router is on order

I pretty much have my idea in my head but need to convert them to something I can follow as I go.

Time to drag out a pencil & paper first
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Hey Alan; It strikes me that what you probably want is 4 legs with a nominal 2x4 frame set into the legs flush with the inside faces, and dropped down the thickness of your 3/4" plywood top.put a couple of extra stretchers across the 2x4frame for support.
make the plywood top as big as you want but notch around the 4 corner posts. install a 3/4"x 1 1/4" trim vertically on the ply edges...everything should work out so that the trim isn't proud of the legs at fronts. Let mounting hardware be your friend!
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