|Forum topic by Mark||posted 797 days ago||934 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
797 days ago
Disclaimer: I’m pretty new to woodworking, learning as I go.
I picked up some rough cut beetle-killed ponderosa pine lumber, and have been working on turning it into a coffee & dining room table. The wood itself is gorgeous, but it needs something to ‘finish’ it. I came up with the idea of doing a frame of sorts around the perimeter of the tables. My plan is to build the frame out of ‘clear pine’ from one of the big box stores.
As I understand it, the wood of the main table will tend to expand most across the narrow end (my boards are running lengthwise). I’m afraid that my corner joint may be torn apart by this movement. Can anyone lend advice as to whether I ‘should’ be okay, or if I should do this some other way?
The orange & tan pieces will be 1-1/2” x 3/4” thick, with a glued half lap joint. I’d like to dowel these, but they may just end up being cosmetic plugs rather than structural dowels. The blue & purple boards will be 3” x 3/4” thick, joined to the 1-1/2” stock with glue & biscuit joints. My dovetails & box joints aren’t quite up to snuff yet, so I was thinking of doing a doweled butt-joint on these pieces.
Thanks for the help!
-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe, and hammer to fit.