5/8" Thick Table Top for Pub Table?

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02-17-2013 06:10 PM

I’m going to build a few pub tables for our showroom using the quick and dirty pocket screw method seen here:
The only change I was going to make was that instead of purchasing new wood, I have a bunch if reclaimed heart pine flooring we took up from a job that I’ve been saving and making this table and stools out of reclaimed hardwood flooring for our flooring store showroom sounds pretty neat. So my question is, I was going to use a glue up of heart pine for the table top instead if plywood, but by the time I mill it up, it’ll be around 5/8” thick roughly. For a 3’x3’ table table top, will that be thick enough? The plan calls for 3/4” plywood as it is.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#1 posted 02-17-2013 06:22 PM

Probably gonna be a visual issue. Might wanna edge band with a wide edge to bring the visual up to par.


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#2 posted 02-17-2013 06:28 PM

Make one as a test.

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#3 posted 02-17-2013 06:43 PM

I don’t know what the condition of your heart pine flooring is in. I have quite a bit, it is all 3/4 +, all t&g and it certainly has a lot of twists and let’s call it “atmosphere” about it. I think you are going to have the appearance of the t&G exposed edges that you will need to contend with as there will be a small open void left between the depth of the groove and the length of the tongue.
Additionally on the revers side of my floor planks, that side resting on the subfloor, my wood was planed only enough to get it to set flat, so the planing is pretty much hit skip. I never read your article, but those uneven not-planed areas may be a problem for you as well.

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#4 posted 02-17-2013 06:59 PM

You’ll prob want to put an edge on it anyways, as Bill was saying, so why not just through a piece of ply under the flooring pieces and then cover up with the edge banding? It will add strength and no one will be able to tell.

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#5 posted 02-17-2013 10:47 PM

Oh I was actually going to mill it all up and laminate the pieces up to make the top. Not tongue and groove.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#6 posted 02-17-2013 11:22 PM

I think if it was me, I would use a piece of plywood…maybe 1/2 inch or 3/4 as a sub floor and install the flooring over it. You should be pretty familiar with that already, huh?

An edge band would make it look finished.

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#7 posted 02-17-2013 11:31 PM

With an edge band, will the wood have room to expand and contract??

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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