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02-13-2010 07:44 AM

Hello I am new to this website and woodworking. My father has been making woodworking projects since I can remember. Now that I am married and have a family of my own I am trying to start my own workshop (in my garage) and slowly getting all the tools I need. I have made some small and big things but I’m stumped on this project that my wife asked me to make for her. She wants a 6ft long by 2 ft wood table with the table being 3/4 to 1inch thick. That I can handle with very little difficulty. The hard part since our wives can never have easy projects for us is she wants me to find away to put in the middle of the table either small 4×4inch sq stones all over the top of the wood. If that cannot easily be done she said she would like to have me put a 4ft by 1ft stone in the middle of wood. I have a couple of ideas on how to have this done with my router and table saw but thought maybe you guys would have some good ideas for me.


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#1 posted 02-13-2010 08:13 AM

Hi Ryan Welcome to LJs
Time for a new wife Ha HA. The project can be done but I can’t help but wonder were you can find stones that are equal in thickness and overall dimensions and the same for one large one in the middle That would be at least 200 lbs with out the wood top. If she wants something like slate tile that would work much better.
To try and inlay stones of ether size would mean the top would have to be much thicker.

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#2 posted 02-13-2010 10:53 AM

I would go with tiles about the color she wants that look like her stones. good luck. Welcome to LJ!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 02-13-2010 11:33 AM

I agree with Topamax. See if she can fine some tile that she would want. If she does that would not be to hard to do, you would have to make sure that you reinforce the bottom of the table where the tile is.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#4 posted 02-13-2010 01:33 PM

Another thing to consider here is the stabilty of the table. If you are going to use stone and the weight would get as high as Jim mentioned, it will become very unstable unless it is only a foot off the ground. 2ft wide will not give it the stabilty that it needs to hold that amount of weight. Tile or slate is the way to go. Tile would work best as it has 2 flat sides, easier to install and must better for a table top.

Another way to look at this is to see if you have someone who cuts stone in your area. They maybe able to give you some suggestions on how to do this and also on which stone to use. I am just guessing that some stones are lighter in weight than other. He may also maybe be able to cut you a stone ( the wife likes ) flat on both sides to make installation easier. Good luck, and be sure to send photos.

-- Guy Kroll

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#5 posted 02-14-2010 06:46 PM

Yea I think tile is the way to go the more I do research at the store. If I do tile do I just route the inside of the table a inch or however thick the tile is or is there some other way i can make the cut into the table top without cutting all the way through the top.
Thanks guys.
this site is amazing with help and new idea projects for me to try and do.

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#6 posted 02-14-2010 07:36 PM

There’s two way to skin that cat that I can see… One is routing, the other is to build the table frame-and-panel with the panel set below the frame at the right depth to make the top of the frame level with the top of the tiles. Frame-and-panel has the advantage that you can use plywood for the panel, which means the tiles are glued to a surface that won’t be moving with the seasons.

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#7 posted 02-14-2010 07:46 PM

I have a table I made a few years back with marble tile laid onto the top.

It is a piece of 3/4” plywood, 8 ft x 2 ft. On that I have 16 marble tiles which weigh a ton. To counter the weight of the tile, I used a 3/4” x 4” apron all around screwed into the top to add rigidity with an 8/4 square leg at each corner. This table has held up great for the past 4 years with several pieces of computer equipment on top of it, and an occasional child, and there hasn’t been the slightest bow in the top yet.

If you are going for stone inlaid into the wood, you can do a similar approach, just be sure to have enough support underneath and you will be fine. Route our the place for the stone, and glue down the stone with contractors adhesive.

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#8 posted 02-14-2010 09:32 PM

Thanks for all the help guys but just one more question? I have used the router only hooked up to my table, I have never used it holding face down on wood. Of course I will pratice before I do the table but do i need to do anything certain besides clamping down the wood to my bench table and do i just use a stright router piece to take out the 1 1/2 inch deep table part.

Thanks again guys,

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#9 posted 02-14-2010 10:24 PM

You’ll need some kind of sled because the width of the hollow you’ll be cutting will be probably wider than the radius of your router base. There are several such sleds/subbases here on LJ where people have used them to flatten workbench tops.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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