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Forum topic by acmeotally posted 01-02-2017 02:51 PM 380 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2017 02:51 PM

I am new to furniture making and am planning on making an end table using some left over quarter sawn oak flooring. I figured it would be okay material to use for my first project. I wanted to explain where i am in the project to get some feedback because after reading more and more there are better way to do what I have done.

I have started the top. I used a jointer to square the end on the groove side and then ripped off the tongue. I then ran both the top and bottom through to get the boards flat.

I then used a dowel jig and put three dowel holes in, put it all together and glued it up. After using the dowels i wish i would have used biscuit because the top is not perfectly even. I may have ran a couple pieces through the jointer one more time than others giving it a slight thickness variation. I had it set on 1/32 so it wasnt much. I am hoping it will sand out okay.

I was going to use a straight edge and circular saw to trim the sides and then do a breadboard end. I was going to use biscuits or dowels but after reading more i think i should have done mortise and tenon.

At this point should I start over and do it using mortise and tenon? If I start over are glued butt joints with biscuits sufficient to join the top?

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#1 posted 01-02-2017 03:40 PM

Breadboards shouldn’t be glued to the end of the boards except in the middle. That is why they use mortise and tenon. They allow the top to expand and contract as moisture level changes. You didn’t say how wide of a table this is; if it is a small piece, you might be okay.


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