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Forum topic by Knothead62 posted 05-06-2010 06:31 PM 1051 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Knothead62

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05-06-2010 06:31 PM

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1. What are the first steps I need to take? I have a small hobby-type TS, Dewalt 734 planer, router (planning a table), but no jointer. I was thinking to make the boards the same width and thickness. It was an idea to have the top in three sections lengthways- two with narrower boards and the center section with wider boards.

2. I was thinking of making three separate sections, lengthways, and then putting them together. Got the idea from a wood countertop I saw at a WC store classroom. How many clamps would I need? Table will be about 42 in. wide and about 72 in. long, with no extension in the middle.

3. I’m a fan of Titebond III or what are the recommendations of the forum?

4. When I get a router table built (very soon), should I T & G the boards, glue joint, or what for putting them together?

5. How do I assemble them to a certain degree of level? Will I need to sand a lot or use a hand plane? (Say hand plane so I can justify buying one.)

Not sure of the legs and apron as the LOML hasn’t made up her mind yet. Maybe a fine grain wood, stained darker than the top. She will have to make these decisions.

Thanks in advance for your help. After looking at some of the projects, I feel like I’m about a half step above a termite.


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#1 posted 05-06-2010 07:17 PM

Check out my blog on my dining table project. Maybe there’s some info that will help. Good luck!

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#2 posted 05-06-2010 07:50 PM

The first step in any woodworking project is to flatten and square your stock. Not having a jointer or hand plane(s), you will probably need to make a tool purchase to accomplish that. With either tool, I’d suggest practicing on some scrap stock before starting in on your pecan table.

If you are able to get your boards flat and square, you should be able to just glue them together to make a surface that doesn’t need a lot of additional work with a plane/sander to get to a finished state. But, you will need to do some research into the various techniques to keep the table top flat (battens, breadboard ends).

Good luck with your project, it’s a pretty big bite to chew for a beginner, but with some care, patience, and persistence, you will have something to be proud of. (And, probably an addiction to tools/wood.)

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