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Forum topic by RickB posted 06-27-2012 04:34 PM 1057 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-27-2012 04:34 PM

I’ve got some old timber that I salvaged. It was a roof of a chicken coop, I think. Some of it is quite solid, other boards are quite rotted. Wife wants a rustic dining table. I was thinking of a trestle table design.

How thick should a dining table top be?

These boards are about an inch thick right now. I was thinking of running one face through the planer, and two edges over the jointer, then glue up a big panel. The patina face would face up and the planed face would be down. But with all that planing, the top would be getting a lot less substantial.

If it were too thin, I was thinking I could put it on top of a plywood or particle board panel cut to the same size. Then glue returns on the end and sides to hide the particle board. Or maybe a different design of table (w/ 4 legs) would support a thinner top better.

Dunno. Kind of stuck. any thoughts or suggestions on my above ramblings would be appreciated.


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#1 posted 06-27-2012 04:36 PM

Sounds like more trouble than it’s worth.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#2 posted 06-27-2012 05:49 PM

I don’t know about that. It will be thin for sure, and need to be backfaced or at least braced. But if the wood is absolutely beautiful and your wifey is in love with it, nothing else counts!!

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#3 posted 06-27-2012 05:53 PM

How much would you have to remove to get flat boards? If it’s only 1/4” or less, you can make your apron assembly with some additional support pieces. Not a big problem, really.

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