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My First Real Attempt at a project. A shaker end Table #4: The Table Tops!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Blog entry by therookie posted 12-09-2010 04:05 AM 981 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is the first of the two table tops that I have to do. I used a tounge and grove joint and have the first one in the clamps.

The first table top.

The next table top layed out to show joints.

The toungs on the center board. I thought it would look better if the center board had the tounges only.

The grove of the left table edges. The right is the exact same thing, just with it on the other side.

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lew

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#1 posted 12-09-2010 02:56 PM

Looks like it is coming along nicely!

Lew

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therookie

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#2 posted 12-09-2010 03:20 PM

I dont mind the tounge and grove on the end. I am planning on edge banding the table when that time comes.

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#3 posted 12-09-2010 08:05 PM

From what I have seen, glue-ups like this are often/usually done with flat edges butted together and without the tonge and groove. On the other hand, when I was gearing up to do a similar project (which has since been pushed way down my to do list) I picked up a tonge and groove router bit set thinking I would use it to make the blank for the top exactly as you have done here. I am still trying to figure out when, if ever, it is structurally preferable to mill some profile into the edges – there certainly are a lot of router bits for sale to do this. I expect it makes alignment during glue up easier even if it does not make the final assembly stronger.

Are you planning to breadboard the ends? Not sure how you would edge band cross grain and accomodate wood movement in the top.

Looks good!

-- Greg D.

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therookie

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#4 posted 12-09-2010 09:09 PM

What do you mean by bread board the ends? I wans going to just take a strip of maple 1/2” by 1/4” and use a dado set and inlay the entire edge.

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#5 posted 12-09-2010 10:48 PM

Here is a discussion of the edge-banding issue that mentions bread board ends and another solution.

Here is a howto I found that should give you a better idea of what it is.

-- Greg D.

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#6 posted 01-09-2011 02:57 PM

Let me know how it turns out. I have made a few end tables with a granite inlay. You can view on my page.
Will be looking to see the final product.
Dennis D.

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