Joining Ends of Board for Table Top - (running out of long boards)

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Forum topic by Keith Kelly posted 11-23-2015 08:34 PM 632 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Keith Kelly

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11-23-2015 08:34 PM

I’m having a surprisingly hard time finding a topic on this.

Tomorrow I’m building a Walnut table top w/ my brother-in-law. The hardwood store ran out of Walnut lumber, so I’m trying to figure out what I have on hand that will work.

Table: 4’ x 6’. I have almost enough 6’ long boards. But not quite. So, what are some of the rules/tricks/risks of having a couple planks being made of 2 shorter boards? (say a 2’ and a 4’) Can I do a clean T&G and be alright?

I’m only talking about probably 3 end/end meetups on the whole table top. Maybe less.

-- Keith - Bolivar, Missouri, ...

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#1 posted 11-23-2015 08:41 PM


Have you considered using some maple in there? I love the look of maple and walnut. By including some strips you could reduce the need for the walnut.

Otherwise, you probably don’t have to overthink the joinery on this. End grain, of course, is not very strong when glued, but if you use mortise and tenon construction it will give you a lot of cheek surface for a strong joint. Once encased in the overall glue up it should be perfect. No worries about movement, since it’s lengthwise.

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