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Forum topic by GeoBuk posted 01-12-2011 04:27 PM 1169 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2011 04:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question oak biscuit joiner joining help

My first blog…..
As my 1st project I posted a table and 4 chairs I made of white oak. Table top is split due to design flaw. View my project and make a suggestion to help me rectify the situation.
And thanx for your warm welcome…

-- George in Missouri

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#1 posted 01-12-2011 06:26 PM


The design is visually striking but I think it’s doomed as is because wood will move…

I’d probably try to salvage it by cutting the quadrent segments apart and using a crossed (lap joint) framework to provide a place to join the segments using splines, taking care to fix only the center piont of each segment and to allow the remaining portion to move, sliding as the part grows and srinks with the seasonal movement…

Good luck and remember…

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#2 posted 01-12-2011 07:01 PM

checked out the table… very interesting table top design! Well if its already split, then the damage is already done, Where did it split? are you able to disassemble the table and try what HerbC mentioned, its a rational and good solution.

Good luck!

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#3 posted 01-12-2011 07:12 PM

I really like this design. However, as you know, you have to provide for movement.

I would consider replacing the top with a plywood/veneer top. You could preserve the same design and not worry about movement.

You can buy oak plywood (which is just regular plywood with a thin layer (a veneer) of oak on both sides.

You will have exposed edges that you will want to cover. There are edge products available for that purpose.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 06:35 AM

Sorry I can not help with the split but I LOVE the table and chairs .

-- Mike

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