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Forum topic by amdepalma posted 05-02-2016 11:24 AM 613 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-02-2016 11:24 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table wood movement tabletop thickness help design

Hey All,

visual in link below to assist…

I am working on the design of a table and am going to use some pretty thick lumber for the base of it but am looking for a way to make the table top appear thicker than it really is at the edges. I am not exactly sure on the best way to go about doing that visually and concealing it as best as I can and thought I would ask the community.

Also, I want to make sure that I would not have any wood movement issues by making the table appear thicker. I have attached a rough sketchup picture. Any help or feedback would be greatly appreciated. Please let me know if you have any questions that you need answered to provide feedback. Thank you!


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#1 posted 05-02-2016 12:09 PM

If you are attaching a strip to the edge, just make sure all the grain is running parallel shouldn’t have a problem.
IOW, don’t glue a strip across the grain that’s WW101.

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#2 posted 05-02-2016 12:14 PM

When you glue up the top, make it longer and wider ( at least 4”) than necessary. When you trim it to size, cut equally from both sides and both ends. Save the off cuts and glue them back on as if trying to book match the saw cuts. In this manner, you will not have any cross grain problems. If the top appears too thick, you can easily reduce the thickness by planing down the added on pieces.

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#3 posted 05-02-2016 12:46 PM

Maybe do a truncated waterfall table? Miter all edges at a 45* and swap the cutoffs from one end to the other, i.e., left side cutoff goes to the right side, near side cutoff goes to the far side; this could help you to fool the eye into believing the piece is thicker than it really is.

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#4 posted 05-03-2016 12:55 PM

Thank you very much mcfly, rollie, and rwe2156!

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