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Forum topic by opalko posted 06-12-2011 04:33 PM 9021 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-12-2011 04:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question table construction

I’m very keen on the design of the table on this page and would like to build one:

In that regard I have the following questions.

1. It appears that the table-top is thicker than 3/4” although in this picture it’s difficult to tell:

, or maybe it just appears that way? Is there a standard thickness for tops?

2. It looks like some type of breadboard edged construction for the top.

Is there a technigue for attaching the 3 center sections-what I will call the glued up panels- attached to the surrounding frames (where there are 2 runners along the long edges of the top, and 2 center short runners, and then 2 “breadboard” edges?


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#1 posted 06-12-2011 05:05 PM

Looks like about 7/8” or 1” thick.

The top sections are frame and panel. I wouldn’t call it breadboard-end

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#2 posted 06-12-2011 06:08 PM

So the table top panels would “float” in the frame? Wouldn’t it need to be stable?

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#3 posted 06-12-2011 06:12 PM

^that’s a good question and it’s hard to tell from the photos. They look pretty tightly arranged. This design would make me a bit nervous, but it’s very attractive.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 06-12-2011 06:17 PM

looks like ~1” frames with a 1/2”-3/4” panels. yes the panels ‘float’ in the frames, but if you use the rubber balls between them (space balls) it will not freely move but will still have the space needed for wood-movement.

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#5 posted 06-12-2011 08:43 PM

Looks like at least an inch to me

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#6 posted 06-12-2011 09:13 PM

Most dining table tops are at least 1”-1 1/4” thick.

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#7 posted 06-15-2011 05:35 PM

Is it possible the panels are 3/4” and the edges are thicker?

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