|Forum topic by Wodin||posted 10-31-2013 04:00 PM||2398 views||0 times favorited||34 replies|
10-31-2013 04:00 PM
I am not good at just winging it yet. Like cooking, I need a recipe. I found a great set of plans on Ana White’s website, seen here. I plan on building that table as well as two benches to go along with it. I am also 6’5 so I’d like to perhaps raise it an inch, but I can probably manage that.
My question which I will put to you is this. It appears they used fir or pine for that table. I would like to use hardwood, perhaps white oak or another wood that is durable for a dining room table. I am open to suggestions. The uncertainty comes when I consider the difference in weight when using 6/4 thickness for the surface. I assume I could still use fir or pine for the supports. Would that work alright?
I have purchased hardwood online before, but is it possible to get those 4×4s easily? I assume these aren’t the 4×4s at home depot. Pardon my ignorance; this is something new to me. The purple heart and rock maple I used for the cutting boards I had to plane before cutting. Could I buy the supports, assuming the fir or pine will go well with a hardwood surface, at a local supplier as a 4×4 or would I need to get it as 12/4 or 16/4 hardwood?
Could I still use the same joining techniques with hardwood as the surface? Ideally I’d use mortise and tenon as much as possible, but it is beyond my skill level right now. I’ll drill the pocket holes and fasten it as prescribed in the plans.
Thank you for reading. I would really appreciate any insight. I promise to pay it forward when I am more skilled!