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Forum topic by JustLikeJames posted 02-14-2014 08:27 PM 858 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-14-2014 08:27 PM

Maybe some of you that can understand wood grain better than I can help me out. I’d like to build a table similar to a table (the counter height one) from the Disney show Good Luck Charlie. Without seeing it in person or having a higher resolution picture I can’t tell if that’s a veneered torsion box or a reclaimed slab. I’m leaning towards an actual slab. Can anyone tell?

Pic 1
Pic 2

Next question. I can’t afford a reclaimed slab that size. Do you think that is doable as a veneered torsion box without looking fake (for lack of a better term)?

Thanks.


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#1 posted 02-14-2014 08:33 PM

I’ve noticed that slab before, it’d make a great benchtop.

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#2 posted 02-14-2014 08:37 PM

Judging by the bowing of the bottom in the first photo, I would guess it’s a slab that’s missing a small chunk in that area.

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#3 posted 02-14-2014 09:33 PM

Good eyes jmartel. I hadn’t noticed that missing chunk before. I think that’s clear evidence that it’s a slab.

Smitty_Cabinetshop, It’s make a nice dining room table too. I just don’t know if I can get the same authentic look with a torsion box. I mean, it’s not like I could get end grain veneer to match the top. Maybe I’m overthinking it and no-one except other woodworkers would even notice the difference.

Thanks.

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#4 posted 02-14-2014 10:12 PM

In real life you’d want a butcher block top but being a tv show prop it might be a torsion box, lightweight and easier to move/store.

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#5 posted 02-14-2014 11:10 PM

Suspect a slab – just because of the graining on the side, but also how it sits on a full steel frame, to be able to support the weight, and not move easily when standing at it.

Rick makes a great point though – that as a prop – i is likely from some other shows and gets moved around and put back on a shelf somewhere when they are using the studio for other shows.

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#6 posted 02-14-2014 11:27 PM

I would strongly suspect non-slab just due to the fact it is a prop on a stage. Slab is going to equal weight and cost.

But, it could be…

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#7 posted 02-14-2014 11:29 PM

The endgrain pattern looks way different between the two pictures. Repair? or did they rotate it 180 degrees? Still, the second looks very uniform while the first looks much wilder.

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#8 posted 02-15-2014 03:34 AM

I appreciate the input everybody. All good points. Glad I joined the site.

Thanks

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#9 posted 02-15-2014 04:07 AM

My daughter watched the show a lot. There has been quite a bit of actual contact with that table, it’s solid as a rock.

James, there’s a recent blog started that has a method for making shelves look solid that’s worth taking a look at…

http://lumberjocks.com/KevinJeffery/blog/39891

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