|Forum topic by snahdog||posted 07-28-2014 02:06 AM||965 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
07-28-2014 02:06 AM
This is my first post here so I apologize in advance if I break some written or unwritten rules.
I recently got interested in making my own furniture. So far I have been honing my limited skills with small projects (benches, sides tables, etc.) working with cheap pine. I am now ready to spend a little more on better wood (I am thinking white oak or walnut) and my first project is going to be a dining room table. Here is a link to the design that I chose: http://ana-white.com/2012/11/plans/farmhouse-table-updated-pocket-hole-plans
I decided to go with this because I like the look and because it’s something that I think I could do as a novice and with the tools that I have. To practice, I build a pine bench based on a scaled down and simplified version of this table. However, I am a bit concerned about the longevity of this design, in particular about the table top and how it is attached. The project plans pretty much want me to pocket hole screw the heck out of this thing: use them to attach table top boards to each other and then use them to attach the table top to the aprons. My concern is about the effect of expansion/contraction and whether this will warp the boards. I hope that some of you can help me answer the following questions:
1. What are some alternative ways to attach the tabletop to the base that allows for some movement and are not too advanced (and do not require expensive specialized tools) for a novice?
2. Does the screwing together of the individual boards to create the table top also cause expansion/contraction issues? If yes, how can I join the boards in a way that again allows for some movement and is not too advanced?