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Ericc22

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11-30-2014 03:36 PM

Greetings!

I am a beginning woodworker. I want to make a table for my family room. The table should be tall – cocktail table height. I am told these are also referred to as tallboy tables. It should be big enough for two people. I have two barstools already to go with it.

I prefer a round table but I don’t have the skill to make something that is round and big enough. So I was thinking of doing something similar to a large cutting board, where I glue up strips of wood and attempt some breadboards at the end.

Another option…. I like the idea of doing something like what is pictured on http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/handmade/how-to-make-a-wood-cutting-board but I suspect that glueing on edge like this won’t be strong enough for a table top?

In terms of tools, the only power tool I own is a 14” bandsaw. Everything else I’ll do by hand – I have planes, chisels, etc.

Anyone have suggestions? Pictures to share or plans? Even better is if there is a video series for something as I need all the help I can get!

Any and all help is most appreciated. Thanks!

Eric


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 11-30-2014 04:10 PM

I only see a cutting board on your link is that what your talking about ? Have you searched LJs Projects under the “tables” tab or search “round table” in images on google ?
Round tables are not that hard to make. I’d be careful about getting info from “DIY” they don’t seem to have very good advisers when it comes to woodworking. Gluing table tops together is plenty strong you don’t need any other kind of fasteners ,glue is actually stronger than wood.

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#2 posted 11-30-2014 04:17 PM

If you have a router, you can make a round table very easily with a shop made trammel. You are right about the link you posted as being a very poor design for a table or anything else as it doesn’t consider wood movement. Here is a better way.

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#3 posted 11-30-2014 06:41 PM

How tall? Are you thinking of a “tall boy” – 42” high?

How “big”? Again, for a “tall boy”, 30” round is common.

You could make a frame that’s rectilinear, and mount a round table top. Is that what you’re thinking?

To make the top, glue up some boards to a square, 31” x 31” (forget the breadboard ends). Trim completed board to 30” x 30”.

Make a 40” x 6” board to use as a jig. Set the jig board on the bandsaw table and a outside support, level with the bandsaw table, with one board edge at the inside edge of the bandsaw table. Cut a slot halfway thru the board width, then clamp the board to the inside edge of the bandsaw table and to the support. Measure out 15” from the blade and install a short wooden dowel into the jig board.

Drill a pivot hole in the exact center underside of the glued-up square board, and place the board on the dowel. Spin the board slowly into the running bandsaw blade. When you’re all the way around – a near perfect 30” circle!

Let us know if this is close to what you have I mind.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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Ericc22

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#4 posted 12-01-2014 03:25 AM

JDMaher, yes – that is what I am thinking!

42” high and 30” round seems just right.

Do you have any suggestions or plans for a final product that shows how to make the frame e.g.?

I assume to glue up the boards I should not do them edge to edge as with panels? Any suggestions for thickness?

Really appreciate the help here!

Eric

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pintodeluxe

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#5 posted 12-01-2014 04:53 AM

The how-to you linked seems to recommend gluing the breadboard ends in place. That is incorrect. Wood expands across its width more than across its length, so you can’t just glue it on or it will soon crack. There is a whole science to breadboard ends… http://lumberjocks.com/pintodeluxe/blog/31777

As far as design work, you could try sketchup or some hand drawings.

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jdmaher

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#6 posted 12-01-2014 05:07 AM

Eric,

No, I have no specific plans to offer. I’d suggest you just google “tall table” and look at images until you see a frame that appeals to you and you think you can do. Then, just “borrow” the idea and make it your own way.

Yes, DO glue the boards up edge to edge, exactly as with panels. That’s all you’re doing, making a panel and cutting a circle out of it.

For thickness, standard 3/4” would work. Me, I always like my table tops thick, so I usually use 5/4 material and mill it as close to 1” as I can get (often, quite close). Its up to your taste.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#7 posted 12-01-2014 05:28 AM

Eric
This plan might be close enough to adjust the measurements and make it work.

http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/47465/arts-and-crafts-side-table

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Ericc22

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#8 posted 12-02-2014 03:31 AM

Those are great – thanks so much for sending that to me!!

Eric

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#9 posted 12-02-2014 03:35 AM

Enjoy!

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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