|Forum topic by Joel J||posted 06-12-2014 03:51 AM||1313 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
06-12-2014 03:51 AM
An old college friend had a bunch of 75 year old pines cut down on his farm in central Kansas about three years ago and had them rought cut into 1 3/4” slabs. He then stacked them in a shed on the farm. He has asked me to build a “farm style” dining table with a top measuring 42” x 96”. Some of these rough cut boards have useable material that is 12” wide. Most of the boards have a slight twist to them as they were not stacked properly when drying. Most of these boards are 9-11’ long. My questions are as follows:.
1. Should I, when gluing up the top cut the boards down to say 6” wide, flipping the ring pattern in alternating boards? Will this keep the top from warping/cupping over time?
2. I plan to “cap” each end with a 6-8” board perpendicular to all the boards I glue up in the middle of the top. Should I use biscuits or some other means to “connect” each board when gluing up?
3. Before I plane these down to 6/4, should I level one side much like guys do when “leveling” a slab? If so, can I do this with my planer on a sled or do I need to build a router jig such as in Fine Woodworking #222?
4. Any other ideas that would make this top a “better product”?
Thank you for all the help….. I really enjoy and respect all the knowledge on this site!
EDIT: Here is a drawing for a possible layout for the table top and might help explain the “bread board” layout
-- Joel, Denver, CO