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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 01-16-2013 12:56 PM

OK. Open island with hob. (Thanks for the definition!)
First, there is a consideration of electric supply. With open island, there is little to conceal it, especially using the table. Don’t have any good ideas there.
Second, using the table, could you put a cheap “filler” sheet under the table in an area just big enough to accommodate the hob? Then all you have to do is screw it up from underneath using oblong or oversize holes for movement. Cutting the hole for the hob in the top is going to take out most of the strain that causes the splitting. If you put the beech on top, you might as well remove the original table top and add a doubled up panel underneath in the area of the hob.
Third, consider putting the blocks at the top of the legs, depending on how the legs are fastened to the apron. If they are MT, then can’t be done. If they are the more common bolted to corner brace inside the apron, then it is more workable. Either top or bottom can work, but I would use a big dowel tenon instead of screws.
Painting over mahogany? :(

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL One should always prefer the probable impossible to the improbable possible.

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