Durable wood choice for a kitchen table & 3 kids!!!

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Forum topic by JasonA posted 11-24-2012 04:39 PM 2050 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-24-2012 04:39 PM

My next project is going to be a new dinning table. I been thinking about the types of wood and finish that would hold up to “normal” use. My kids will likely break it in real well if you know what I mean.

Cherry and maple haven’t held up to well with the kids, and a dinning table that gets x 10 the use…. I’m wondering what a good choice would be?

I’ll likely use General Finishes as the finish, ie EF High Performance Polyurethane

Any suggestions on the species you’ve had good luck with in this type of environment ;) ?


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#1 posted 11-26-2012 01:50 AM

Check out the Janka hardness scale. Ipe is at the top end of the scale and should be reasonably available.

Poly is a very durable finish, but it is also very difficult to repair if/when that becomes necessary.

Another option would be to make a pine table and and go for the “distressed” look that is common on farm type tables. You would need to use a flexible finish, like oil, to avoid having to make frequent repairs. HTH

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#2 posted 11-26-2012 02:03 AM

Ipe or white oak with a waterborne poly floor finish.

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#3 posted 11-26-2012 02:09 AM

Considering that maple is harder then white oak if that hasn’t held up you might want to move up the scale to hickory which should be readily available and can look pretty.

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