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Forum topic by Notw posted 08-07-2015 05:55 PM 555 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Notw

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08-07-2015 05:55 PM

I am working on a walnut dining table for my wife and thought I had the top all figured out. The top is made of a glue up of 3/4” thick walnut and originally I was going to cut 2” all around off the side and glue it under the edge of the top to make it appear thicker using this idea https://wunderwoods.wordpress.com/20...-of-thin-wood/

However, once I cut the ends straight I clamped a piece of the scrap under the end of the table to have it approved and SWMBO says that it is not thick enough for her liking, so back to the drawing board i went.

So the new idea is to cut a 2-1/2” strip all the way around at a 45degree angle and fold this strip down 90 degrees to make the table appear 2-1/2” thick. Then behind this vertical strip I would use a 1-3/4” tall x 3/4” thick filler strip to add strength to the 45 degree miter joint. So is this a good idea or a bad idea? is there a simpler or better solution?

I made a small mockup of what i’m thinking just to look at it, the top would not have the 45degree line that the mockup has, it would all run linear.


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#1 posted 08-07-2015 06:11 PM

Looks really good. Just make sure the addition does not interfere with the height of the table so people don’t hit their knees on it.

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#2 posted 08-07-2015 06:14 PM

Good point mrjinx007, as the base is still in the design phase that shouldn’t be an issue :-)

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#3 posted 08-07-2015 06:49 PM

Miter joints with a contrast color might look good on the corners and give it some extra strength. Better ask SWMBO whatever that means!

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#4 posted 08-07-2015 06:53 PM

SWMBO = She Who Must Be Obeyed, aka the wife

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#5 posted 08-07-2015 07:44 PM

hahahaha,, Good one. As they say, as a man, once you get married, you have two choices in life:
1- to be happy
2- to be right

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#6 posted 08-07-2015 08:35 PM

One thing just came to my mind and I really don’t have an answer for and that the wood movement at the ends of the table. You may want to ask one of the folks at the A furniture maker forum (bigred).

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#7 posted 08-08-2015 08:58 AM


... wood movement at the ends of the table….

You’ll be OK here if you run the grain vertically at the ends, in order to avoid a cross-grain conflict with the top. Might look a bit different (and there will be a small area of cross-grain conflict, but it is small enough to not pose a problem, IMHO)—- but it should work OK.

Another option would be to build up layers of endgrain at the ends, for a more “natural” look.

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