Looking to build a table like this one, 8/4 or 12/4

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03-08-2018 07:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dining table kitchen island kitchen question

I want to build a table very similar to the one pictured here. I really like how thick the top looks, anyone know if that would need 8/4 stock or 12/4 to get that look?

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#1 posted 03-08-2018 09:33 PM

I think I am looking at the end grain of 6 or 7 boards in a glue-up for the top. If this is the way you want to build it then yes you will need boards that are as thick as necessary to give the look you want. If you want to build it with breadboard ends to accommodate wood movement, then only the outer boards and the breadboards would need to be thick. The inner boards could be thinner such as 3/4”. Another way you could do it would to have an inner panel of veneered ply or mdf with a frame of the thick boards. Using the ply or mdf will negate the need to accommodate wood movement and allow the end pieces of the frame to be fixed rather than breadboard type.

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#3 posted 03-09-2018 04:04 AM

It looks like 8/4 to me.

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#4 posted 03-09-2018 04:16 AM

Yeah, 8/4 as shown is a nice beefy tabletop. 12/4 is a slab, which although awesome, is a completely different ballgame. 8/4 also would use aprons whereas a 12/4 slab is basically stand-alone.

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#5 posted 03-09-2018 10:33 AM

Great looking table.


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#6 posted 03-09-2018 01:32 PM

Thanks for the comments! @Loren and @CaptainSkully I was thinking 8/4 and hoping too.
@bilyo thanks for the info, on this project I want true thick top as it will serve as a food prep area more often that a table. @almostRetired I agree!

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#7 posted 03-09-2018 01:44 PM

It looks like 8/4 to me as well.

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#8 posted 03-09-2018 01:57 PM

8/4 is my guess as well

Consider breadboards or battens that allow for movement

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#9 posted 03-09-2018 02:28 PM

I’d start with 10/4 there no way your going to get that look starting with 8/4. Maybe if it’s rough and you have very little milling to get the wood ready for gluing up. Then you could have a top just under 2 inch.

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#10 posted 03-09-2018 02:37 PM

I would think it is 8/4

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#11 posted 03-10-2018 04:56 AM

I would think it is 8/4

I would think John is wrong. If you buy 8/4 lumber that’s been planed it will be 1.75 inches thick. Maybe you will still need to plane maybe not.
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#12 posted 03-10-2018 05:16 AM

Looks a bit more than 8/4. I’d vote 10/4. A 2” lemon seems really small :)

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#13 posted 03-10-2018 07:41 AM

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#14 posted 03-10-2018 06:09 PM

I would go with the suggestion by bilyo because it has the same appearance at much less $cost and weight.

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#15 posted 03-13-2018 02:24 AM

Thanks for all the input y’all. This is a great forum!

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