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krisrimes

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273 days ago

If you were attempting to build a table with a 12 foot round top for indoor use, how would you go about making the top? I have some ideas kicking around inside my head, I just want to see what other suggestions are out there. This is not going to be fine wood working, it has to be more functional then anything.


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Jeff in Huntersville

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#1 posted 273 days ago

Do you mean 12 foot in diameter or circumference? Either way I’d put some design into it. Instead of a circle build a dodecahedron. Make 12 separate pie shapes then join them, perhaps with some alternating wood colors in the joints. With a table that large you have a lot of options and potential problems like how to support it. Let us know what you decide and post pictures.

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 273 days ago

Supporting it is a huge issue. Type of wood. Do you have help? working with it would be very difficult alone. would like to see pictures of your process as well.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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JustJoe

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#3 posted 273 days ago

Do you have a 12’ doorway to get it in through? If not then you may want to think of something like the pros do:

http://www.banquettables.pro/how-to-make-a-round-banquet-table-for-more-than-10-people

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krisrimes

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#4 posted 273 days ago

I posed the 12 foot door way question to the lady I am making this for. I’m still waiting on an answer. Needless to say, I am not really sure how I am going to pull this off. JustJoe, the banquet table is an interesting idea. I might have to look a little harder at that. Monte, No help and yes I agree supporting it is going to be a challenge. Jeff I have thought about trying to convince her to use a different shape and it is a 12 foot diameter table she is looking for. I kind of feel like this might be one of those projects that gets assembled in place and never moved.

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crank49

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#5 posted 273 days ago

At a minimum you would have to make it in two parts.
The 12 ft half circles would fit through a doorway.
I don’t think your customer has thought this through.
How do you use a 12 ft table?
“Pass the potatoes please.”
“I cant reach them either, they’re in the center of the table.”

There is an old estate near my home that has a dining room table that seats 50 guests. The 8 ft by 30 ft table was built on site; in 1930. It’s never been moved since then. The place was built by Mr. Mars, of Mars Candy Corporation. It’s called the Milky Way Farm.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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shipwright

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#6 posted 273 days ago

I’d use quality plywood laminated in at least two layers and in at least two pieces, then veneer it.

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 273 days ago

I don’t see why you couldn’t build two identical tables shaped like a half circle. The tops could be joined together with those fasteners that pull kitchen counter tops together or something similar. You would have the center seem but if it was all carefully done I think that it would look fine. Are they paying enough? Perhaps some sort of compromise would work. At least they would be able to move the table.

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Thomasj92

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#8 posted 194 days ago

As Shipwright suggested, I also used plywood when I had a similar project, and it turned out really good. I’m very satisfied with the end result.

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MrRon

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#9 posted 194 days ago

Why a 12’ diameter table other than that’s what she wants? You might be able to get 4×10 and 4×12 sheets of plywood on special order. It’s going to be heavy and very expensive. I would approach this project by building a framework with legs; then adding plywood for the top. A good sturdy framework would only need a single layer of 3/4” plywood.

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