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fussy

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09-12-2011 11:03 PM

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Hi guys,

One of the things on my list of to-do projects is a arts & crafts library table the top of which is to be 54” x 28” x 1” made of q/s white oak. My shop is in the garage and this would go on the second floor. When I first got married I could have gotten it there, but that was a long time ago. What I am toying with is to make the legs, frame, etc. of oak and make the top of 1” balsa and veneer it with 1/8” q/s white oak that I would resaw from the same stock used for the rest. It seems that would save about a TON, but be strong enough. The top would be on a web frame that holds the drawers.

The oak veneer would be hard enough for office work. Wood this work? Thanks in advance.

Steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.


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#1 posted 09-12-2011 11:29 PM

Why not build it right (with solid QSWO) and attach the top to the carcass on location? If I were doing this, I would probably make the top out of 6/4 or 8/4 QSWO and just set it on top of the carcass. Some holes in the top of the carcass and some dowels in the top would be all you need to keep the top in place.

Look at the communion table in this picture. The top just sets in place and is held in place with dowels and holes. That enables us to lift the top off and move the table in 2 pieces. Otherwise, we would be dealing with table that weights 300+ pounds.

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

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#2 posted 09-12-2011 11:31 PM

As an FYI – This communion table is made with QSWO and, if you look real close, you will see bloodwood accents. The top on this table is 8/4. It is 5’ across and 3’ deep and it is in a “D” shape.

I did not make it, but I served as the liaison with a very talented friend who built it.

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

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#3 posted 09-13-2011 01:16 AM

Yes, I think it would work fine but you may be able to do better than balsa. Try looking up “Clark Foam” or “lightweight honeycomb core materials”. There are some very cool, very light, very strong materials out there.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#4 posted 09-13-2011 02:33 AM

Rich,

Because a top that big made of qswo would be more than two men and a mule could move, and I don’t have a mule——-or the second man——and I couldn’t handle my half anyway. And yes, the pun was intended.

Paul,

I considered builder’s foam sheets, but I’ll look up your suggestions. Thanks. Years ago, Sears sold pool tables with honeycomb tops instead of slate. They never warped and they never cracked. I’ll look into it.

Steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#5 posted 09-13-2011 05:23 AM

Steve, that very same table is also on my to-do list. I really like Rich’s idea and will likely incorporate that into my build. I’m guessing that the base/carcass would weigh just as much as or more than the top – don’t you think?

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#6 posted 09-13-2011 05:59 AM

Pierce,

According to my calcuputations that top would be about 1.7 cu.ft. at 1” thick. That would be about 115 lbs or more which is a pretty good load in itself. You’re right in that the rest would weigh at least that much. Having carried furniture around since I was 11 and considered big enough to work in Dad’s store, I can tell you that’s quite a load to work up two flights of steps.l At my age I’m quite a load.

I want to lighten it as much as possible without taking anything away from it’s strength and beauty. Plus at about 14 to 15 board feet, solid wood would (wood?) be a lot more expensive than resawing one or two pieces for veneer.

It’s on the radar, but I have so much planned I hardly know where to start. I need to learn to be productive and good like Paul or Rich. Maybe one of them would le me sweep the floors just to hang out and watch them. Maybe learn something. Of course they’d have to feed me.

Steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#7 posted 09-13-2011 03:08 PM

Pierce – - You are always welcome to come sweep my shop floor, but don’t count on learning much.

My primary talent seems to be creating more saw dust for the floor. However, I am not even doing that as well, now that I have switched to Festool for some of my tools. In particular, a Festool sander, connected to the dust extractor, does not appear to produce any sawdust on the floor.

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

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