How thick does a board need to be for homemade furniture?
been having fun with amateur furniture-making this winter and are
learning a lot in the process. For example, what's the optimal board
thickness for a table- or countertop? The answer seems to depend on how
the board will be supported. Atop our marked-down cabinet,
we easily got away with a 3/4-inch-thick board because the thin
countertop is supported over nearly its entire lower surface with the
cabinet edges. Even a half-inch board might have worked as well.
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On the other hand, a 3/4"
board wasn't good enough for our bathtub counter project (pictured at
the top of this post). We got the whole thing pretty much assembled,
then had to take it back apart when we realized that a board hung from
chains (for easy removal when the tub flips down) needs to be considerably thicker than three-quarters of an inch. I didn't even go so far
as to test the countertop with our heavy stand mixer --- just Mark
pressing down in the middle proved we'd either need a thicker board or
would have to build a frame underneath to prevent bowing.
How about our 1-inch-thick tabletop?
That board has done very well supported on the back edge plus on two
legs along the front edge despite being a full four feet long by two
feet wide. So that's definitely a thick board that will go the distance.
Here's hoping using a similar product for our hanging counter will do
the trick as well.