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TurnTurnTurn

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06-10-2017 03:40 AM

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I am building a bistro table, the table top will be about 33×25. I have some reclaimed lumber that I wnat to use, however it is only 1/2 inch thick. I plan to use pocket screws and glue to attach the 5 table top boards together. Put two, maybe more, stringers underneather the table top and use an apron around the perimeter. I have not done this before so I am hoping it works. Thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 06-10-2017 04:02 AM

If you glue the top boards together you’ll
need to slot the screw holes in the boards
on the bottom to allow the top boards
to seasonally expand/contract.

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#2 posted 06-10-2017 03:04 PM

Thx Loren, maybe I should just pocket screw them together and forget about the glue.

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#3 posted 06-10-2017 08:33 PM

Unless I am mistaken, this is what he is suggesting: There is no need to elongate screw holes for that. This is a common thing with Anna White furniture but she didn’t invent it.

But I would suggest is taking a step back and studying a little on how tables are built, and learn from a reputable resource. (Or get a good plan from a reputable source, not Anna White, and build from that) Do bistro tables normally have aprons? I didn’t think they did but I’ve never built one. Do you have a picture of a table you are trying to copy?

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#4 posted 06-11-2017 01:18 AM

Rick, I am trying to build a top similar to this http://lumberjocks.com/projects/88617, except I am not putting them on an angle. However the boards that I want to use are only 1/2 thick. I tried to contact Jimmy B, the builder of the table in the link but have not had any success. He indicates that he secured the boards to a peice of plywood, which doesn’t seem like a good idea since the wood needs to move with the seasons. The picture you provided above is what I was planning to do. I’m not sure if bistro tables normally have an apron, but the apron should provide more stability for the 1/2 stock plus finish the edge rather than using breadboard ends. Thanks for your input.

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#5 posted 06-11-2017 01:32 AM

If putting a mitered border around a slab of
solid wood boards, the best approach would
be to leave gaps between the boards or
tongue-and-groove them.

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#6 posted 06-11-2017 01:45 AM

Frame around a table is a bad move unless you really know what you are doing. Pick a table built by someone who knows how to build tables.

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#7 posted 06-11-2017 02:28 AM

The only way I’d do a table with a sold wood border is the center panel would be of a stable sheet good that’s been veneered to look like I want.

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