Beech round table

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Project by Mark Gipson posted 05-23-2013 11:52 AM 1495 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My first project from rough wood. The design was based from a couple of different plans for the 603 table. I used loose tenon joinery and stub tenons on the upper cross members. Had a lot of fun and really enjoyed using my new Makita planer.

I’m also interested in peoples opinion on beech and it’s use in furniture. It doesn’t seem very popular and rumoured to have problems with excessive movement. Apart from the foolish mistake of making a round table top without a disc sander I had no problems with the wood. I bought beech because the price was reasonable and the rough boards were beautiful, straight, clear and with perhaps 1% or 2% waste on each board. Is beech a good choice? Here in Thailand my choices are fairly limited, mainly due to the high price of the local hardwoods such as teak and the quality of imports. White oak (not quarter sawn) is reasonably priced but I haven’t seen the quality of the boards yet, would that be a better choice?

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 05-23-2013 12:05 PM

Beautiful table . Very nice clean design! A table to be very proud of!!!!
I think beech is a very good furniture wood. I especially like it when it becomes spalted- then the beauty comes out and makes great turning wood!!

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#2 posted 05-23-2013 12:38 PM

Nice solid table. Well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 05-23-2013 05:48 PM

beech is nice wood. they make a lot of furniture with it along with very nice work benches. i think it might be more popular in europe though

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#4 posted 05-23-2013 11:44 PM

Very nicely done! How did you affix the top to the legs? There is a difference between N American beech (not good for furniture, according to what I have read) and European beech. I don’t know what you used, however.

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#5 posted 05-24-2013 12:12 AM

The photo doesn’t show it but there is a set of upper cross members under the top. The top is screwed through those, I routed small slots and used pan head screws with washers.
I don’t know what kind of beech it was either, I shall have to ask next time I am in the lumberyard. I am considering beech for a large sofa project SWMBO wants me to build. Our budget isn’t large enough to use a Thai hardwood and she doesn’t like the grain pattern of oak.

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