|Forum topic by DeanWho||posted 06-24-2015 04:56 PM||1240 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
06-24-2015 04:56 PM
I’ve been lurking here for a bit, then hit a heck of a roadblock last week on a project…
Let me preface this with full disclosure: I’ve committed nearly every embarrassing woodworking sin imaginable in this situation, so feel free to let me have it, but also know I’m trying to make this right.
I picked up woodworking around 2 years ago after stumbling across this design: http://ana-white.com/2012/11/plans/triple-pedestal-farmhouse-table. I built one, it turned out OK, so I did what seemed (il)logical at the time: I posted an add on Craigslist selling these tables. Thankfully, I only fulfilled one order. I bought the lumber (SPF) from Home Depot, immediately started the build and in the winter of ‘13, delivered a 7ft version of this table to an excited couple.
You can easily predict the email I got 3 months later – “our table is cracking and splitting everywhere.” I promised to take care of the situation, but after an exceedingly tumultuous year, aided (luckily) by a couple with Maharishi caliber patience, I was not able to get to the replacement until 1 week ago.
OK, now that we have the history out of the way, a couple quick points:
I’ve completed the 2 tabletop panels (made of 1×6’s) using biscuits and now I’m ready to attach them to the 2×4 “frame”. Now I’m still very much a novice with only 5 projects under my belt, but I did finally learn you can’t build something like this without joinery accounting for wood movement with grain in opposite directions.
The make matters worse the first time around, I “kregged” everywhere AND I screwed the legs into the table top, in addition to building with wet lumber that hadn’t had a chance to acclimatize. For the rebuild, I have boards that have been sitting since that same winter and I’m guesstimating an MC of no more than 4-7%, so my main concern is that eventual expansion, not so much the contraction.
So long story already long – what is the best case scenario for attaching the panels to the frame? This was my initial idea:
I’m also considering a half-rabbet in the frame to drop the panels into, then securing with a brace on the underside for stability (brace joinery allowing for movement).
Thanks in advance for any wisdom and go easy on the lashes, even though I deserve it :)