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Forum topic by tws posted 08-19-2015 09:31 PM 584 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-19-2015 09:31 PM

greetings lumberjocks,

i am trying to build a farm/parsons table and need advice on securing wood – the right type – and plans. since i don’t have a wood shop i’m considering having the lumber milled into a kit and assembling it at home if such a thing is possible.

i’ve frequented craigslist for a long time and not found the particular dimensions i need – 30” high by 5 1/2’ long by 30” wide. this table will function as a bread dough kneading and meat cutting table and needs to be stout, as it will also be the platform of several heavy appliances. i intend to season it with food grade mineral oil.

i would like a hard wood maybe oak or some other dense grain wood but would welcome advice on wood choice for this project.

here are some pictures of the specific design i need.

i would prefer the top to be one solid piece achieved by titebonding the top planks together. the joinery for the 4×4” legs is unclear but somewhere there must be a classic joinery plan for this type table.

i should think the minimum plank thickness for the table top should be no less than two inches. if i could get the lumber i may be able to hire a local carpenter with the necessary tools to glue and clamp the table top and mill the rest in a form and fashion that i may be able to assemble it at home. because i’ve been looking so long and am otherwise unable to find exactly what i want locally or online i thought to solicit this forum in hopes of getting some feedback as to what the lumber may cost and a carpenters fee to mill all the parts of this table.

thanks for your input.

tws


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#1 posted 08-19-2015 10:51 PM

Maple would be my choice for a table top of this type, oak is too porous. The legs and aprons could be any hardwood. Why don’t you just hire someone to make the table for you? If you don’t have clamps or tools how are you going to assemble it?

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 08-19-2015 11:12 PM

thanks,

i’ve a few clamps and could get more… but really you’re right. for this size with maple top and oak or other hardwood legs and apron what would it cost complete by a local carpenter? could the wood be had for under two hundred… what would a carpenter ask to build it – to sanded but unfinished?

thanks for your input.

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#3 posted 08-19-2015 11:25 PM

Where are you located? Perhaps someone on here would be willing to take this on.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 08-20-2015 12:02 AM

southern oregon

rogue valley..

the local carpenter i know and have had do work is retired and physically unable to work now.

i think these forums are perfect for submitting a project.

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#5 posted 08-20-2015 12:54 AM

You can figure how much wood from your specs. 30×2x66 top is 27.5 board feet. Legs 4×4x28 are 3 board feet each. That’s 40 in those parts, roughly 50 if you figure for an apron. You can’t buy wood precisely in the size you want, so you have to figure some waste, say 20%. That’s about 60 board feet you need. Most hardwood will run you $6-8 depending on size, species, location, so if you guesstimate $7 per board foot, that’s about $420. For what it’s worth, 2” thickness on a table top of that length seems excessive to me, especially if it is braced by an apron. I think 1.25” is sufficient.

-- Billy, Florence SC

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#6 posted 08-20-2015 03:33 AM

thanks! got a good idea now.

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