Extending the length of the Shaker stool

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    Does anyone have any advice on making the bench longer? Say, for a dining table that’s 7 feet long?
    If I go up to 8/4 thickness on all parts do I still need to add extra legs?

    Many thanks in advance!!

    Frank Joseph

    With 8/4 stock you should be good to seven feet
    The few I have made are normally six foot but I have had customers order eight foot the two where built with 8/4 rough stock. So after planing they are under two inch I would gess about 3/16 under.
    If to test put a board between saw benches and see. You will find its guite stiff if you want to lighten the look plane the long side thinner by 1/16 to 3/32 this will change the look of the top guite a bit you only thin about. Six inches in a taper to the finished edge it will not be noticeable

    In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.

    mike forbes

    I made mine an inch thick and 46″ long. Solid as can be. I think what frank said would be good. That center piece underneath provides a lot of support.

    Boulder,CO http://mikeofallthings.com


    Thanks, Frank!
    Can you elaborate on lightening the look of the bench? do you suggest creating a small ‘hump’ along the center length of the seat, thinning to the edges by 3/32?

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