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tsutaz

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11-15-2017 09:07 PM

Hi,

Given the following picture of a basic table top design. Can someone please advise if a rabbit width of 1/2 would be sufficient for the table leafs. Yes the current shows 3/4×3/4 but I would like to make 1/2 inch if more experienced woodworkers could give opinion. I’m only a weekend woodworker at best. Please see included image to help, again, this is a basic mock up.

Thank you in advance.


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#1 posted 11-15-2017 11:13 PM

Hmm, are the leaves all loose or are they glued in place? I usually shudder when I see designs with hardwood panels wrapped with a frame. If glued in place, they will fail in short order due to wood movement.

If they are loose, or if they are plywood it won’t be an issue.
I’m still not sure I would advise a table top built like that.

Leaves usually imply the ability to expand the table, but from your picture I don’t really get it. Can you tell us a little more about the design and intended function of the table?

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#2 posted 11-15-2017 11:57 PM

You call it basic table design but I’ve never seen a table like that. What is the purpose? What are the goals?

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#3 posted 11-16-2017 02:14 AM

Sorry for the confusion, I thought by just giving minimal details would be enough. So, this table more or less is a “gaming table”. The leaves, when removed would reveal what’s known as “a game vault” ( at least that’s my understanding) which is a recessed playing area about 2 to 3 deep. It would be used for board games, dice games, etc, etc. When not being used for games, then it would serve as a normal table. The table base is constructed of solid walnut milled to 1 1/2×4 inch thick for aprons, legs milled solid to 4×4x29. My plan for leaves are to make from walnut plywood. I didn’t give the width of each leave, didn’t think it would be necessary, however, there should be about 4 or 5 around 12 inches wide each. Sorry if using the wrong term for “leaves” too. I don’t know what else to called them. If you know, do tell.

Thanks for taking the time to respond, I hope my reply will help clear up the confusion. I’m attempting to build this table for my son and his family as a house warming gift. They love playing board games. Oh I don’t plan on making the chairs, they’ll buy those :)

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#4 posted 11-16-2017 02:20 AM

1/2” is fine.

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#5 posted 11-16-2017 02:50 AM

Yep, 1/2 inch will be plenty. Given what you are doing (which sounds pretty neat) I might be tempted to use solid wood “leaves” and ship lap them so they tend to support each other and can accommodate some expansion and contraction across their widths. The solid leaves, if finished with a clear finish, would look better than pieces of plywood which would have raw edges…

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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#6 posted 11-16-2017 07:00 AM

That is a cool idea. I like sawdustdad’s idea of shiplapping the leaves. You could cover the plywood edges with wood banding. My only concern would be the leaves bowing which could happen with cheaper plywood or if they are not finished evenly on all sides.

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#7 posted 11-16-2017 07:33 AM

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#8 posted 11-16-2017 11:44 AM

Thanks Guys!

I think I have my answer now. From your replies I will consider changing to real wood for the leaves. I can buy some extra 4 quarter walnut. Heck that might be cheaper than a full sheet of walnut plywood ( a whopping 93 bucks ).

“Shiplapping” – learned a new word! Now I know how to reference these joints.

AlaskaGuy, wow!, thanks for the pic, that’s exactly my intent (size may vary).

I’ll post up some pictures soon! Meanwhile, I updated my profile and added some of my previous projects.

Much appreciated for all answers and suggestions. Well noted.

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#9 posted 11-16-2017 01:13 PM

I’ve started a new project “Game Table build” and posted some pictures of progress.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/346873

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#10 posted 11-16-2017 01:40 PM

Just an idea…You might look into some tongue and groove engineered flooring planks for your top pieces. They would be strong enough and ready made, just need to cut to length.
Mike

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#11 posted 11-16-2017 02:13 PM



Just an idea…You might look into some tongue and groove engineered flooring planks for your top pieces. They would be strong enough and ready made, just need to cut to length.
Mike

- BlasterStumps

I like that idea Mike!

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