|Forum topic by LiveEdge||posted 01-23-2014 04:32 PM||1780 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
01-23-2014 04:32 PM
I’m working on a mission style dining room tresle table and have built up the base and am ready to build the top itself. The top is going to 68×42 and have two 12×42 leaves that can be added. I had a few questions and was looking for advice.
1) I have a decent table saw and planer but don’t have a jointer. Typically I’ve used the sled technique on the table saw to mill the edges of my wood. Is this technique up to the task of not leaving gaps between the wood pieces?
2) I assume the best aesthetics come from using the same piece of wood down the length of the table even if it will be cut in the center where the leaves will be inserted. How about the wood for the leaves? Is that typically made from other pieces and not the portion of wood from the center of the long piece (so that the grain matches the whole way when all the leaves are in)?
3) Speaking of the leaves, would it be an aesthetic disaster to have the wood run perpendicular to the rest of the table so I can use 2 6×42” pieces instead of 7 6×12” pieces?
4) I understand how the table slides attach to the tabletop, but what is the best way for the slides to attach to the trestles, especially if I would like the table to be able to be disassembed if it is moved?