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02-20-2013 09:05 PM

For quarter sawn oak what is the thickness of it. And if you were making a dining room table how thick would you make the top. Thanks Nate

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#1 posted 02-20-2013 09:15 PM

Nate,

The fact that is quarter sawn, is not an indication of thickness. Quarter sawn is an indication of how the lumber is cut from the log. For the tables that I have made, My dressed thickness was 1.25, but again that really is a personal preference and dependent upon the style and shape of your table, and what you desire in the finished product.

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#2 posted 02-20-2013 09:18 PM

I am surprised at you question as your profile says you been doing woodworking for some time, so maybe I confused not understanding sometinng particular about quarter sawn oak, but here’s my answer, Rough cut milled hard woods are measured in 1/4”s Such as 4/4 which is 1” and will be planed down to most usually 3/4” finished materiial. There’s 8/4, 12/4 etc. If you go to the mill they mill it to suit for a custom price depending on quantity. Of course those boards will haved to be stickered and dry for a spell. Finished 4 sides from lumber yards (F4S) can be true 3/4” on 1”.

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#3 posted 02-21-2013 12:09 AM

And then there is veneer, which is another set entirely. Or, as the accountants say, “How thick do you want it to be?”

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#4 posted 02-21-2013 12:15 AM

nate22 Here’s a link I found quick to help define quarter sawn for you. FYI…

http://www.advantagelumber.com/sawn-lumber/

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#5 posted 02-21-2013 05:27 AM

For a dining room table I generally like 5/4 or 6/4. It depends on the design of course but I think in a large table 4/4 looks too thin.

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#6 posted 02-21-2013 05:47 AM

I have used 3/4” thick tops with an apron board, and 1.5” thick tops without an apron.

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#7 posted 02-21-2013 12:31 PM

To me, the table thickness is more a matter of appearance than anything else, and for large tables I like the top to be 1” or 1 1/4” thick. For smaller ones the 3/4”-7/8” seeme to fit my personal tastes.

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#8 posted 02-21-2013 02:06 PM

Nate,

Most Hardwood lumber suppliers should have quarter sawn white oak in the different thicknesses or they can mill it for you. Like most of the others have said; depending on the size and style of your table, plus the profile you may want to do and finally it all boils down to personal preference. So working with either 5/4 or 6/4 should give you a thickness that will look good to you for your table top. There’s no set rule as far a I know for table top thickness.

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