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Forum topic by Knothead62 posted 09-03-2012 06:57 PM 1058 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-03-2012 06:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planing table top thickness plane question

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 09-03-2012 07:05 PM

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 09-03-2012 09:11 PM

As thick as the thinnest board.

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#4 posted 09-06-2012 06:40 PM

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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