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Forum topic by Firefighter posted 10-06-2013 01:12 AM 990 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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10-06-2013 01:12 AM

I am getting read to start a dining table with reclaimed barn wood. It is going t be a five foot square table. I am curious what others would suggest for the top. I have thought about three twenty inch glue ups butted up to each other , two thirty inches or one solid top. What are your thoughts and reasons for them? The material is 4/4.

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#1 posted 10-06-2013 03:45 AM

I’m assuming your barn wood is soft wood – if so, you may need a “floating” top to accommodate the wood’s expansion/contraction (across the grain) caused by humidity changes w.r.t. the table’s base/apron relatively fixed dimensions. This will apply even if you are certain your barn wood has completely dried out.

I personally prefer the multi-plank look of table tops vs. say, only 2 wider planks – but I also see this as a subjective consideration depending on the overall style, proportions and finish of the whole table.

A 4/4 butted glue up should be totally fine strength-wise with totally squared/straight edges and sufficient clamping, IMO.

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