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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 11-22-2014 03:35 AM 1071 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-22-2014 03:35 AM

I’m building a table for a client and during our initial consultation I learned a lot from both him and his wife about what they like, which turns out to be the opposite of what the other one wants. I think the husband prevailed because I’ve been speaking with him about the design. One thing he wants is for the table top boards to NOT be glued together. I’m using silver maple for the table top and I’m not quite sure if leaving them unglued is such a great idea. I’d glue them with biscuits but he likes the gaps. and no, this is an indoor dining table with benches and chairs, not a picnic table. I plan to discus this with him tomorrow and if we do the ‘gaps’ style, how we’re going to keep it straight. The only thing I can think of is just running some hardwood boards under it contrary to the boards on the top and screw them in. He also wants a small thin skirt so no help there.

Any idea’s?

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#1 posted 11-22-2014 03:41 AM

Maybe I’m not visualizing this right but it’s sounds nutso to me and I’d walk away from this one.

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#2 posted 11-22-2014 03:53 AM

Well, I still am going to talk to him tomorrow and try and make he understand all this. The whole piece is going to be distressed anyway, so I don’t worry about breaking a few rules, I just think that a solid surface table top would be better in the long run. My mill will straight-line rip them for me which will be perfect for gluing.

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#3 posted 11-22-2014 04:00 AM

Are they going for a primitive harvest table look? I’ve seen them with very rough jointing between adjacent boards. One way to do it would be to glue the boards and make a v-groove between the boards. Really old harvest tables can have loose boards that are held by a breadboard end. Google primitive harvest table to see some images of what I’m talking about.

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#4 posted 11-22-2014 04:12 AM

I would tungue and groove them unless he wants gaps for crumbs to fall thru.Better git busy turday day is coming.

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#5 posted 11-22-2014 03:34 PM

I’d get his wife involved again. Ask her if she enjoys cleaning the crude out of the voids in table tops or if that’s going to be his job.

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#6 posted 11-22-2014 07:06 PM

It is a really dumb idea, and somewhat unsanitary, but maybe a compromise could be done by gluing the top up but chamfer the edges first. Then the top will have v grooves at each board. That way it will give the look somewhat of separate boards with out actual gaps and be easier to clean.

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#7 posted 11-22-2014 07:26 PM

If you don’t glue the top boards together you will have to make them connect some how. Perhaps with sliding dovetail cleats on the bottom just gluing the center board and the last couple inches of the edge boards to allow for wood movement.

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