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Hello all,

I've finished gluing up the top of our new kitchen table and it's time to build the trestle base.

The table top is 38" wide, and I was planning on making the base 30" wide. My concern is that the table might be too "tippy" with 4" of tabletop overhanging the trestle base. What width should I make the base of the trestle to be safe?



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Hello all,

I've finished gluing up the top of our new kitchen table and it's time to build the trestle base.

The table top is 38" wide, and I was planning on making the base 30" wide. My concern is that the table might be too "tippy" with 4" of tabletop overhanging the trestle base. What width should I make the base of the trestle to be safe?



Thanks!
IMO, 30" would be more than adequate. I usually figure about 2/3.




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I would think the same width of the top of the trestle should be safe. I'm no expert, just a hobbyist, but that's my opinion, fwiw. 30 should be fine.
 

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You could go as far as 1/4th the width inset on both sides. 3/4 of the table will counter the 1/4 of overhang. I prefer 1/5th the width as inset as a less visually scary but still attractive overhang. At 1/5 you'll have 4/5ths of the table countering the overhang. 38/5 = 7.6". Draw it up and have a look. Be brave. If no one will be sitting on the table you have nothing to worry about.
 

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My purchased trestle table has a top width of 40" and a 29" spread on the leg base. The table has been distressed by our dog's toe nails, and when we were dry walling the ceiling above it, I just covered it with rosen paper and walked all over it. Never felt like it was going to tip over.

Hope this helps.

Jon
 
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