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BRef

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07-09-2015 07:19 PM

I am beginning a build of a mission style dining table culled from a few designs of the experts here. I plan on using two different species of wood on the top, Black Walnut and White Oak. I have a building full of rough sawn lumber to choose from, my problem is with the white oak, it is all 4/4 after milling I might have 3/4 if I’m lucky. Can I face glue the white oak boards to make about a 5/4 or 6/4 table top I’m shooting for? Or can I just use the thicker 5 or 6/4 Black Walnut on the outsides of the top and join the 3/4 oak to it for the middle?

I hope I’m making myself clear.

Thanks


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 07-09-2015 08:44 PM

Can I face glue the white oak boards to make about a 5/4 or 6/4 table top I’m shooting for? Or can I just use the thicker 5 or 6/4 Black Walnut on the outsides of the top and join the 3/4 oak to it for the middle?

There is no reason you can’t do it, but the ends are going to look funny. Why not buy some more lumber and save the white oak for something else?

-- Bondo Gaposis

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BRef

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#2 posted 07-09-2015 09:21 PM



There is no reason you can t do it, but the ends are going to look funny. Why not buy some more lumber and save the white oak for something else?

- bondogaposis

The ends would not show because it would be joined to the walnut that would be the edges. I guess what I want to know is should I face glue the oak to make it as thick as the walnut or is it ok to join 2 pieces of wood that are different thicknesses for a table top.

As for buying more, the wife has me on a buying hold. I purchased a barn full of lumber from a gentleman with the promise I would not have to get anymore for years. Now is too soon, her memory is pretty sharp right now; maybe in a few more years. ;-)

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#3 posted 07-09-2015 10:25 PM

Nothing wrong with joining two different thicknesses of wood but if the table span will be much larger than a few feet I would add some kind of bracing to the center of the table to support the 3/4” material.

Another option: sell some of your barnful of wood to buy some 6/4 oak.

-- -Dan

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#4 posted 07-10-2015 03:15 AM


Nothing wrong with joining two different thicknesses of wood but if the table span will be much larger than a few feet I would add some kind of bracing to the center of the table to support the 3/4” material.

- Dan

Dan is spot on. Also, I’m sure you are aware of the seasonal wood expansion and contraction issues which will cause the end trim pieces to be different widths than the rest of the table for a good portion of the year.

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