|Forum topic by tooold||posted 01-28-2012 08:02 PM||2465 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
01-28-2012 08:02 PM
I’m getting ready to make my first solid wood counter top out of 30mm (1 1/4”) cherry. As I’ve never done it before, I thought I’d run down how I planned on doing it and hope you guys will correct my mistakes in advance (at least the ones that don’t have to do with skill!) and maybe offer a tip or two.
My wood is currently all thicknessed to 30mm. Planks are of varying widths, anywhere from 90mm to 150mm. The top will be screwed on to a 3/4” plywood cabinet box from underneath the top through stretchers.
I’ll take a look first to see how the thicknessed planks face up, just in case they’re perfectly straight. As if… Then, plane a pair to check to see if my planer is planing straight. Probably not, Murphy being Murphy, so I’ll dig out the manual and adjust to straight. Once that’s done, cut to length – this first one is 700mm/27 inches long in total.
I’d planned on doing mortised end pieces, using a slot cutter and rabbet bit on my router table. I’m allowing 50mm/2” thickness for the end pieces. Not sure how thick/long I should make the tenon. Any suggestions? I’m fine with the mortise and tenon being visible from the side. As this is supposed to let the wood expand and contract, I’m assuming this should be a press fit?
For assembly, I’d hoped I could get away without a panel clamp by using plywood cauls top and botton, with cauls and clamps lengthwise to clamp the planks together. Is this a recipe for disaster? Should I spring for a panel clamp? I have a bunch of these to do.
I really appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks!
Here’s a jpg export from Sketchup of the cabinet: