Furniture #11: Table top 1500mm x1500mm Part 1

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 07-30-2016 08:42 AM 1014 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Number one Son Adam has just bought a bigger family home in Sydney.

The Dining room is squarish, not too sure of the overall dimensions but it looks square to me.
Anyway while I was there helping move in he asked me if I could make him a wooden table top as he wanted to make a steel frame to mount it in for the room.

Something similar in design to this one.

Anyway the room was measured up and decided a table 1500mm x 1500mm was the size they wanted.

Upon my return home I ferreted around in my various timber stashes and found some Yellow Stringbark which I though would be suitable.

Yellow Stringy bark is a hardwood used in flooring so I thought it should fit the bill as he wanted a rustic look

So I set to work dimensioning the rough sawn timber and managed to dress enough to do the job.

Once I had everything finished I laid the boards out to do a dimension and appearance check.

Now this timber is quite large and I might add heavy about 7 to 8 Kgs per board its now about 28 mm thick and around 160mm in width, the lengths I had to to dock to 500 or 600 mm and 1.1M to achieve the desired size.

One of the problems I see is the fact I have never handled anyything so big before, and the fact I am not really into making furniture, however as its for a family member one has to do their best, its going to be tricky to complete.

My first challenge was to make a Jig to cut everything accurately.

The layout was approved so I am off on a new adventure !!

-- Regards Robert

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#1 posted 07-30-2016 09:10 AM

That’ll be one pretty table when completed…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 07-30-2016 09:21 AM

Keeping my fingers crossed I am hoping the same result is achieved too!

I am not really geared up to do something this big in the following a: Knowledge b: Tools c: Work area.

As you can see the layout is on the garage floor, but working it!! gotta try!!

-- Regards Robert

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#3 posted 07-30-2016 12:43 PM

Going to be very interesting following your progress on this one, robscastle. I’m working on a new replacement tabletop right now because the original one cracked (my own screw up) and was not salvageable. Maybe we should try and compare notes as we go, eh?


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#4 posted 07-30-2016 01:27 PM

Great project Rob, I look forward to following this! I hope you son has a solid floor!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#5 posted 07-30-2016 02:21 PM

Going to be one heavy duty table and I like it so will be following also.
I really love to hear about the different woods other LJ’ers have to deal with in other areas of the world.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#6 posted 07-30-2016 05:31 PM

Rob, another fun project that will be practical and well used. Thanks for taking us along with you. Good luck on the next steps. Hope the metal part works out well too.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 07-30-2016 06:15 PM

Just do your magic; I’m quite you’re up to the task, as in all other of your fantastic accomplishments. Russell

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 07-30-2016 07:56 PM

COOL project, Rob!

Yes, that is a huge table top… might have to use a Skip loader or CRANE to put it on a truck bed…
... UNLESS you can figure something out…
... like making it in TWO Halves… connected by screwing Cleats in place on the under bottom…
... transport the halves, which will still be HEAVY, but doable…
... put them together at son’s home…
... Just a GUESS how it might be able to be done…

Good luck…

Adding that Steel edge looks like it could add a LOT more weight… really needed?

Looking forward to seeing your progress… :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#9 posted 07-30-2016 11:34 PM

I agree, this is gonna be fun to watch come together, Rob!

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 08-01-2016 04:31 PM

Massive and steady!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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