LumberJocks

Southwest Cocktail table #4: Another Dry Fit Test

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 401 days ago 845 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: My vision has returned. Part 4 of Southwest Cocktail table series Part 5: More of the table top. »

Howdy,

Wouldn’t you know. I cut part of the border from paduak. I was real careful to get it just perfect. It Ain’t. I’ll get if fixed up because I once again have a nervous tendency to err on the side of “Too Big”. You know – shaving 86 of these suckers will once again – suck.

Grandpa Len sent me a very kindly note telling me I need to put this creation on a backer. Well – he’s right of course. I was already courting disaster by going as far as I did. I had to straighten the thing out once. Len even gave me a compelling reason to add the backer. People make a bad habit of sitting on tables. Even though this project shares a lot of similarities with cutting boards. It’s free standing without a solid counter top to rest on. Heck, plain old gravity can warp this thing.

I have to go buy some plywood now. I don’t think I need to buy the best stuff. I imagine that an underfloor grade should do fine. Let me know if I need to shell out for the good stuff if you would. I’ll just get 3/4 inch and be done with it. No more glue ups until I mount what I have on the backer.

Thank you Len!

I did a little mockup to show what I plan to do at the corners.

Thanks for looking!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!



7 comments so far

View Joe Lyddon's profile

Joe Lyddon

7622 posts in 2653 days


#1 posted 401 days ago

Looks like you’re making progress…

Sounds good too…

Although, I’d go with the Baltic Birch ply... You won’t use it all… the left-overs will be FUN to work with and you’ll know a VOID or other imperfection will NOT make it’s presence known… Play it Safe & be happy… 1/2” should work fine… IMHO.

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

View MarkTheFiddler's profile

MarkTheFiddler

1728 posts in 789 days


#2 posted 401 days ago

Wouldn’t you know it? I was afraid I would hear I needed cabinet grade ply. But Baltic birch! Lol. I’ll shell out the bucks then. I always wanted to get some and as you say Joe, great fun with the left overs.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

View KOVA's profile

KOVA

1308 posts in 979 days


#3 posted 401 days ago

VAS BIEN MARCOS!!!!!!
HASTA EL INFINITO Y MÁS ALLÁ :-)

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

11071 posts in 1706 days


#4 posted 401 days ago

Nice progress, Mark. After all that work, I’d get good plywood. The underlayment stuff is C&D grade and has voids all over- they come out and surprise you in the worst places. Plus the good stuff will be less apt to warp for a table.
............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

View Robb's profile

Robb

660 posts in 2535 days


#5 posted 399 days ago

On the “people sit on coffee tables” note, when you mentioned that, I thought “torsion box.” You could layer two pieces of ply, with a frame structure glued between them. You’ve probably seen workbench tops made that way, or hollow-core doors (which aren’t really hollow!). You’d have something really rigid to support your top when all’s said and done, and you could hide the substructure with a skirt around the edge. I always overbuild everything :).

If you are going to do the torsion box, I’d suggest the cheaper ply, and maybe 1/2” thickness. I don’t think the downsides would haunt you much in that type of construction, and you’ll save cash, even allowing for the double thickness. Just my thoughts.

-- Robb

View MarkTheFiddler's profile

MarkTheFiddler

1728 posts in 789 days


#6 posted 396 days ago

Thank you my friends. I haven’t touched the table this week. I’ve got to tell you though. I feel really confident that this table will stand up for ages. Robb, your Idea really appeals to me because I have a lot of working room. The table will drop over 5 inches. The legs will be 5 inches thick.

All said, that’s plenty of room to make this table sturdy enough to support a full grown man standing on it. It will be heavy to say the least. It doesn’t really mater. I really like the idea of making a table that might survive being dropped off a truck.

I really appreciate all the valuable input. You guys rock!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

View Robb's profile

Robb

660 posts in 2535 days


#7 posted 396 days ago

Good deal; I hope it works out well for you. I used that kind of construction to make some garage doors, and was amazed at how rigid they were when all was said and done.

-- Robb

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase