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Forum topic by mbng posted 02-16-2015 07:08 PM 1122 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mbng

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02-16-2015 07:08 PM

Hello everyone!

I’m just a beginner in wood working and have a design background. I’ve built smaller pieces before but I’m going to take on my first real “big” project. I have designed a table but I’m kind of lost about what wood would work best for this specific project.
The top of the table is going to have the same kind of structure and look as the attached picture
but is going to be more along the lines of 2 ft x 4 ft.

What would you suggest for wood types for this indoor table? Something along the lines of .5” to 1” thickness and isn’t some expensive lumber. Any suggestions would be fantastic! Thanks!


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Yonak

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#1 posted 02-16-2015 07:53 PM

Your sample looks like it may be walnut with painted legs. I’d say it depends on what your table’s surroundings will be. It’s usually good if you can match or contrast with other things in the room.

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#2 posted 02-16-2015 07:56 PM

Maybe cherry stained dark?

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#3 posted 02-16-2015 08:05 PM

honestly any wood could be used just stain it to the color you want. If you really want to go cheap you can buy pine depending on what tools you have you can either glue up the width you need or buy pre-laminated sheets. If you want wood for free there is always craigslist or hitting up any fabrication shop and asking nicely for their scraps.

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#4 posted 02-16-2015 08:29 PM

The prelaminated sheets is a good idea. Lowes has them in many sizes. They have them in aspen that look pretty nice and they are nice and flat.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#5 posted 02-16-2015 10:14 PM

Four feet of thin pine supported only at the very ends… dunno about that, people do sit on tables after all. At least, don’t go with 1/2”, in my opinion, unless you have either an expectionally strong wood or laminate.

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#6 posted 02-16-2015 10:38 PM

I also think it looks like Walnut(not cheap) Cherry is pretty good or Poplar (cheaper) is also a good wood and it can easily be stained to look a lot like cherry. If you are going to make it 4’ long I think you will need some kind of a lateral support to keep it from bending in center over the years. Good luck . looks like a good starter project.
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emart

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#7 posted 02-17-2015 12:08 AM

definitely needs some sort of brace . just put a 2” piece of trim under the table top at the front and back you see that on most cabinets and book cases for this reason.

or you can make this from thicker wood by either buying 1.5 inch thick wood or gluing up thinner pieces

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mbng

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#8 posted 02-23-2015 11:01 PM

Thanks for the input everyone!

There is going to be support, so no need to worry about that.

What would you guys recommend in terms of size to buy? Would you recommend like 4×8 3/4in plywood? Or would you buy something like 1in x 24in hardwood boards in like 8 feet?

Thanks!!

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redSLED

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#9 posted 02-24-2015 12:18 AM

” . . what wood would work best for this specific project.”

Um, lots of factors to consider, if the piece won’t be painted:
- cost of different woods
- veneer-edged plywood or solid wood?
- new wood – sustainable forestry grown? or do you care?
- reclaimed wood – do you have time/patience to find places to collect for free or pay for?
- softwood (cheaper) or hardwood (more $)
- subjective attractiveness of different wood grains? – unstained or stained?
- wood is 100% your choice – or your client’s?

Lots of factors.

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#10 posted 02-24-2015 04:21 PM



Thanks for the input everyone!

There is going to be support, so no need to worry about that.

What would you guys recommend in terms of size to buy? Would you recommend like 4×8 3/4in plywood? Or would you buy something like 1in x 24in hardwood boards in like 8 feet?

Thanks!!

- mbng

I think I would go with plywood and use some edge banding as needed to pretty it up.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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Yonak

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#11 posted 02-24-2015 07:05 PM


What would you guys recommend in terms of size to buy? Would you recommend like 4×8 3/4in plywood? Or would you buy something like 1in x 24in hardwood boards in like 8 feet?

- mbng

If you go with plywood you may not get a good color or grain match with the edge trim, unless you plan to use contrasting wood. Plus you’ve only got so much thickness before sand-through when the edges don’t line up just right. Whether you go with plywood or solid wood you’ve still got to glue it up. Why not go solid ?

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#12 posted 02-24-2015 07:36 PM

build one out of pine. if it comes out good then put the shop radio on it and make one out of cherry with walnut legs.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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