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Forum topic by Mark posted 08-27-2014 03:27 PM 944 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-27-2014 03:27 PM

morning all. I’m starting a table build and have a question about the top. The top will be 5/4 Cherry. I plan to use equalizer extensions to enlarge the table when needed. After a bit of research I have noticed if the table is expandable the grain runs width ways. I gather this done to provide a tighter fit when the table is closed. If it’s a solid top the grain runs length ways. If bread board ends where added to all the ends, including the leaves would this alleviate most of the problems …or would it be to busy looking?

-- Mark

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#1 posted 08-28-2014 12:54 AM

Mark, IMO it would be busy looking. Perhaps you could try modeling it with sketchup or even make a scale model using scrap. Sorry I can’t provide anything more substantive; maybe others will jump in now.

-- Art

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#2 posted 08-28-2014 03:13 AM

Thanks Art. I did do a Sketchup drawing and it doesn’t look bad at all. It’s going to be a lot more labor intensive than a regular top….but what else am I doing?

-- Mark

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#3 posted 08-28-2014 12:24 PM

I don’t think you need bread boards for the leaves. Try them without and if you run into a problem, you can always re-size and add them later.


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#4 posted 08-28-2014 12:51 PM

We have a 5/4 cherry table with extensions. boards run the width and no bread board ends. No problems.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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