Sizing Furniture: Table Width and Depth


You like a little elbow room, right? Well, so does everyone else. Think of that when designing a table.

This one is pretty easy, in my opinion — allow 30 inches per person. No need to overcomplicate things. Sure, you can get by with 24 inches per person, especially if your piece is going in a small space, but why not allow more comfort?

So what does this mean in your table design? For a square table, 30 inches will give you a small, four person table…let’s say a card table or a breakfast nook table. A rectangular table at 30 x 60 will allow six people easily… a nice little dining table. A 30 x 90 table (I just usually take it on up to 8 feet) can allow for 10 people.

To complicate things a bit, you may need to adjust if you plan on using large legs — maybe 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 actual dimensions — or if you allow for a large overhang off the ends relative to the legs.

Round tables also complicate things. Stick with the same 30-inch rule (diameter) for a dining/breakfast table. if you want to create a bistro-type table (large enough for a small plate and cup of coffee, for example), knock it down to 24 inches, or even 18 inches. For larger groups of people, add another 14 to 16 inches in diameter for every two people — 44-46 inches for four, 58-62 inches for six, and 72-78 for eight.

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Published in: on April 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Sketch of the Day: Tiered Plant Bed


The bevel cuts might drive you a bit crazy, but this tiered plant bed would certainly make a statement in your garden.

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Scrap Wood Project: Happy Fish Patterns


They’re a little silly, but these happy fish patterns will surely make a little one smile. Click on the image below for  patterns in three sizes. Use up that scrap wood!

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Sketch of the Day: End Table


A beefy little end table with a drawer.

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Plan of the Week: 2×4 Bench


The Chief’s Shop 2×4 Bench makes a nice accent bench inside or a pretty perch outside. You can build it in an afternoon and you will only need a miter saw, drill/driver, and Kreg pocket hole jig to build it.

Click the image below to download the plan.

Be sure to e-mail me with any questions and let me know what you think – chief@chiefs-shop.com.

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Sketch of the Day: Assembly Bench


This assembly bench is a companion piece to the basic workbench concept. The work surface is roughly 4 x 6.

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Sizing Furniture: Table Height


I’ve given seating size good coverage recently, so now I’ll delve into tables.

Dining tables seem to be the most common project that aspiring woodworkers try (or want to try with the most enthusiasm). The height of these pieces is very uniform – 30 inches. You probably see variances of up to an inch either shorter or taller, but most often you find 30 inches is right on the money. That’s the target height for my large table projects

Other table types are where you’ll see larger variances in height.

Coffee tables can run from 12 inches to 20 inches, but often are comfortable for most folks around 15 or 16 inches. I usually aim at 15 inches.

End, side tables, and night stands range from 20 to 26 inches, but if you’re building one to match a specific couch, chair, or bed, you’ll need to gauge the size that will work with the existing furniture. I like between 22 and 24 inches.

Accent, or catch-all tables, many times are sized at the same height as dining tables. If it’s meant to be more of a display piece you’ll see one a bit higher. The lowest I’d design one would be at 24 inches.

Published in: on April 25, 2012 at 9:55 am  Leave a Comment  

Sketch of the Day: Country Bench with Foot Rest


This bench sketch was inspired by a comment on Facebook. The foot rest allows for two positions – one at an angle and one flat.

 

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Sketch of the Day: Sunshine Headboard


A decorative headboard for those with “sunny” dispositions.

 

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Sketch of the Day: Basic Workbench


Here’s a basic workbench design – I put it together after a call for ideas on the Facebook page. If it proves popular, I’ll create the plan for it.

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