Planing for a table top

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I bought a DeWalt planer several months ago and need to start planing some pecan wood for a table top for SWMBO. Some of the boards are a bit over one inch thick so I’ll have to make a bunch of light passes to get it to thickness. What thickness should I have for a table top? Our old table is 7/8 in. thick. Top will be about 40X72 and maybe have a leaf. Any help is appreciated. BTW, I was surprised how heavy pecan is; was told it was a first cousin of hickory. We know what hickory is used for.

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#1 posted 674 days ago

Thickness doesn’t matter much, as long as all your boards end up the same thickness.

40×72 is pretty big so I’d keep the boards as thick as they can be. I’d be aiming for 1”.

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#2 posted 674 days ago

As thick as the thinnest board.

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#4 posted 671 days ago

Thickness of the top has more to do with the design than an actual spec, but you shouldn’t go too thin obviously. I’d say if you have a table that big, you’re approaching too thin around 3/4”, but I don’t know the design, supports, etc.

As Clint said, as thick as your thinnest board.

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