|Forum topic by CornflakeKurth||posted 01-12-2016 02:45 AM||591 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
01-12-2016 02:45 AM
I need everyone’s help. I am new to LumberJocks, new to woodworking and new to home ownership. My wife has her heart set on a 8’ hairpin leg dining table. I would like to build it myself in order to save a lot of money, but also, I think it will be very special to have built our home’s furniture centerpiece. I’m pretty handy in general, but really have no furniture making experience, so your help is not only greatly appreciated, but essential if I’m going to pull this off. Thank you all ahead of time.
Here’s what I’m thinking. All thought, ideas and criticism are welcome.
Project: 8’ hairpin leg dining table
I plan on using butcher block because my wife likes it, but also building a long lasting, dining table quality top seems outside my abilities. It involves planing, biscuits, clamps, etc., and I just don’t have confidence in pulling it off. The butcher block will likely come edged and finished, but I feel like I can tackle edging and finishing if I find a good deal on an unfinished butcher block…right?
2) I know hard maple is a strong and often used, but I like cherry and red oak as well, are those woods still suitable for a 8’ dining table without having to build a large farm table style apron?
3) It seems John Boos is all the rage among butcher blocks, are other makers just as good, or is John Boos really that superior?
4) I’ve thought about using steel/aluminium structural channels/angles to build an apron and putting a would trim around the edges to hide it. Is that genius, overkill, or just plain stupid?
5) Would going to Amish country to have them build the tabletop be a smart, economical alternative to butcher block?
6) Is there anything I’m not thinking of?
Thank you so much for any and all help!