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drako18

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07-23-2016 02:12 PM

Hello I am new to this site an I hope I can get help I need for this project.

This is going to be ironwood table with top being made of 4×4 an legs 8×8s. Issue is they don’t want any screws so I can only think of mortise an tenon but this is going out side 24/7 about 100 feet from ocean in hawaii so even using special glue will eventually braked down.

I worry even if I did do it the legs would be way to unstable.

Can anyone give some suggestions an even links or photos thanks.


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KYSean

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#1 posted 07-23-2016 02:45 PM

Tennons and peg with dowels.

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#2 posted 07-23-2016 10:35 PM

Drako, I agree with Sean that a drawbored tenon is the way to go-no glue needed. Also, be certain to include the cost of a crane to move the table. :D Good luck and please post pics.

-- Art

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#3 posted 07-23-2016 11:17 PM

Ok I will look that up as link he posted was not good. Yes I know it will be built on site an stay where it’s put together. The wood alone will cost them 3 grand.

Best part for me is that all wood will be cut to length as per my specifications so saves me alot of blades.

With using a drawbored tenon style (as you can tell I have not done it before) how would you secure the table top to the legs. Any photos will be very helpful, thanks

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#4 posted 07-24-2016 01:50 AM

Draw bore the tenons and you won’t need glue. The top could be attached with buttons. or z clips. For a salty environment I would prefer buttons using stainless screws. Oh yeah, welcome to LJ.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 07-24-2016 02:10 AM

Thanks bond, I use 316ss or silicon dronze for everything out here.

Good info I will check all this out an see what new tools I need for any of this.

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#6 posted 07-24-2016 02:13 AM

For any of the knowledgeable wood workers our there what the expansion an contraction of iron wood… I ask as the owner wants the top to have no gaps (all 4×4s which are 13 of them to be flushed with each one)... I felt with the wet conditions here that’s not good idea an doing them with 1/4 gaps would be best any suggestions???

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#7 posted 07-24-2016 05:43 AM

“Ironwood” is used for quite a number of woods.

http://www2.ctahr.hawaii.edu/forestry/trees/

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#8 posted 07-24-2016 06:34 AM

Sorry I know the type of wood it’s ipe

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#9 posted 07-24-2016 08:58 PM



For any of the knowledgeable wood workers our there what the expansion an contraction of iron wood… I ask as the owner wants the top to have no gaps (all 4×4s which are 13 of them to be flushed with each one)... I felt with the wet conditions here that s not good idea an doing them with 1/4 gaps would be best any suggestions???

- drako18

You don’t need to know the expansion rate, and it would largely depend on how the boards were sawn. No gaps are fine just allow for movement when attaching the top to the base. Here is a link to some tips.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#10 posted 07-24-2016 09:08 PM

Thanks again bondo, I only done indoor tables so this is first an I want it to be done right

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