|Project by BertFlores58||posted 06-29-2010 09:42 AM||1826 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
This table measures 44” x 8’ and the height is 36”. The thickness of the table top is 2”. An extra ordinary dimension. Our home is designed to have a common place for 3 houses, My Moms, My Brother and My Home. We call this ‘commonal’ means common to all of us including visitors. This table serves as the center point of gathering a big dinner during reunion and special occasion.
What is good with this table are:
1. It is already 3 years and counting…. still strong and nothing is loose. It has suffered from different weather condition. It was soaked with rain, under the sun and many spillage on top. It was protected using watersealing on top (repels water) and finished with spar varnish.
2. Materials used were recycled pine from claddings or might be floorings inside containers for engine parts. I got some problems dealing with crack. Have to split a bit the wood and pushed in the glue for greater penetration.
3. The design was only not copied from anywhere. I combine the strength required for a workbench using woodscrews and big timbers. The two runners (arbors.stretchers. i dont know what it is called) is 3×3 running the length and there 6 top across bars of 1-1/2×3. Two crossbars on the width part are bolted together with the legs lapped at ends. The legs on the bottom are tenon with the lower crossbars. The top was slotted in the middle to provide contraction and expansion.
4. The hardest part that anyone should know is my success in planing it manually using Jackplane and smoothplane. Pine is soft yet it is difficult because it easily tear out in addition to hardness of the nodes and it is huge. Aside from this problem, I have to plane it while already assembled so that I can get the right level. When I got the wood, two of them are warped at the end and the only chance to get it right is when it is in place.
NO ONE had TOLD ME ME BEFORE THAT PINE OR ANY WOOD WILL BE STRAIGHTENED BY WETTING IT FIRST. THEREAFTER WHILE WET CLAMP IT FLAT SURFACE (I USE GRANITE) UNTIL IT DRIES. Nice tip coming from a recycled shop.
ANOTHER TIP: NAILS FROM CRATES’s SLAT can also be out easilly REMOVED without cracking the wood when WET.
5. Lastly…. IT IS FUNCTIONAL… as this one
how happy they are with this table…
THE BENCH is also oversized and high enough to compensate the needed height for the table.. Though I had made only one piece, the structure is also complicated. I tested one 2×3 pine at 7 ft with 3 men and it break. I used two on this bench as the runners. The legs were special Malaysian scrap woods that are so strong. Tennon and joint on the bottom makes it so strong. We had dropped it several times as a torture test and it is still intact. Some cracks but it doesnt matter as long as it will not let anyone fall over.
What I want to share with anyone… “It is not what kind of material that counts most but it is how it will be used.”