How can we covert a solid mango wood table with a veneer top to hard wood top table

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Forum topic by Cindrella posted 07-17-2016 06:02 PM 1144 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-17-2016 06:02 PM

A warm Hello to all,

I am completely new to wood working and i am looking for advice from all the skilled wood workers who are a part of this forum in helping me put this project together.

I purchased a solid mango wood dinning table from Havertys and 6 matching chairs:

“Our Marley dining table is a pleasing addition to your traditional space. It features clean lines and an antique finish. The piece, distressed with wood knots, wormholes and rasping will expand to 42×78 with an 18” leaf addition.
Solid mango wood
Slight imperfections in the wood add to the beauty of the piece
Table expands to 42×78 with an 18” leaf
42 W x 30 H x 78 D”
The furniture is just a month old.
Due to the expense involved did not go the “All solid wood” way. It seems heavy and solid wood, as they describe on the site, except for the table top where i cannot decipher the natural wood grain, seems veneered to me. Long story short, i want to convert the top into a solid hardwood top, maybe using good quality solid hardwood planks…give it a rustic look, that matches with the chairs and the table legs. I do not wish to redo everything else except for the top, but de in a way that does last instead of generating new issues with the wood.

What would be the best way to go about it. Thank you for your time and expertise!

PS. the amish solid wood and minimal polishing, natural grain has always appealed to me

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#1 posted 07-18-2016 12:56 AM

Fabricating a solid top for a small table like that is pretty simple going.

Are you sure the top is not solid lumber ?

If your unable to discern from look or feel do some scratching on the underside to see.

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#2 posted 07-20-2016 09:24 PM

The main reason I got into woodworking is that almost all furniture manufactured these days is particle board, which is not that I am very exited about.
Yes you can buy several boards from hardwood of your choosing, glue edge to edge, sand, stain if needed and apply some kind of varnish.
One thing you have to watch for is that unlike particle board or plywood hardwood expands and contracts perpendicular to the grain with moisture changes. Make sure you attach your top in a way that it won’t crack because of this.

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#3 posted 07-22-2016 01:56 AM

Actually its solid mango wood at the bottom, but the top has little 2” by 4” rectangles all over, and the wood grain pattern does not seem natural, its all different, so maybe its a veneered top stuck on it, like sticking tiles on the hard floor. And i am afraid i detest that look the more i see it everyday.

i had a few questions on how best to go about it:

what will be the best glue for this project? Also is gluing sufficient or i need to nail them in? I need a rustic farmhouse table top that is like a heirloom piece.

Hardwood boards or planks, blanks? Are they the same or different?

best sanding tool, the best yet economic model?

How should i best attach the top to take care of the expansion and contraction in wood?

i also looked up sites to buy hardwood, what will be the best online resource?

I am grateful for your time and expertise. thank you so much!

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#4 posted 07-22-2016 02:42 PM

I had another question about clamping board,

What clamps would be best for a table 42 by 60 inches? And the best site to buy them from? Thanks again!

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