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Forum topic by nate22 posted 426 days ago 793 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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nate22

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426 days ago

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

-- K & N Furniture Middlebury, In.


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needshave

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#1 posted 426 days ago

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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Handtooler

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#2 posted 426 days ago

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”.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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RogerInColorado

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#3 posted 426 days ago

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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kdc68

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#4 posted 426 days ago

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

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

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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bondogaposis

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#5 posted 426 days ago

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.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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pintodeluxe

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#6 posted 426 days ago

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

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Fred Hargis

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#7 posted 425 days ago

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.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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huff

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#8 posted 425 days ago

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.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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