|Forum topic by fiddlebanshee||posted 07-15-2015 12:21 AM||449 views||1 time favorited||2 replies|
07-15-2015 12:21 AM
I want to make a cutting table for my sewing room that is tall, so that I can stand while cutting and not ruin my back, and can be folded down when not used at full length. The idea is to have a middle part that has drawers that is about 26×33 and then two dropleaves at 24×33 each, supported by a gateleg that hinges from the side of the drawer part. The table will live in an airconditioned and heated basement so it is not subject to huge changes in humidity.
Here is a drawing of what I intend to build:
My question is about the top. I initially thought I’d use 3/4 inch maple plywood, cabinet grade and edge it with solid 1/1 maple strips but then I started realizing that the leaves are not supported by anything but the gateleg and that when they hang down (the majority of the time) they are not supported by anything. I am not terribly concerned about the top being dead flat, but obviously it should not seriously warp.
So I see these possibilities:
Is the concern about the plywood valid?
Your insight is appreciated! Any other comments/concerns about the design is also welcomed. I am not terribly experienced in designing furniture so if you see anything that will not work, or could be done better, I am all ears. I intend to do most of the joinery with mortise and tenons.
-- As if I needed another hobby!